Man who beat up ‘crazy’ passenger on Japanese flight is a Marine vet, DoD contractor

A Marine who battled a fellow passenger aboard a Japanese airliner said the Hawaiian shirt clad aggressor could be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The New York Post reports Ryan Humphreys is the man in viral video match of fisticuffs with an unidentified American who went ballistic while the All Nippon Airways Boeing 777 was still on the ground.

“The guy in front of me — the guy in the red shirt — just starts rambling on. It sounded like he was talking to everybody,” Humphreys, a Defense Department weapons specialist based in Japan, tells TMZ.

“I’m looking around to see if anyone else is listening to this guy. Like no one is. He gets up out of his seat and he starts looking around. He turns around and looks at me and naturally I’m looking straight forward,” Humphreys said.

“I didn’t say anything to the guy, and he’s just like, ‘What’re you looking at?’ You know, ‘I’ll kill you’, blah blah blah,” he said. “I’m just like, ‘Hey, it’s OK, it’s OK,’ and asked me if I lived in Vegas, so he has something to do with Vegas, I don’t know.”

Humphreys said the attacker was seated in front of him in the window seat next to a couple.

“Next thing you know, he’s leaning over and he’s up all in the girl’s face and he’s rambling, kind of what he was doing with me,” Humphreys tells TMZ.

According to the Post, when the attacker started getting physical, he felt compelled to get involved.

“And he starts to get physical with the man. It looked like he was trying to choke him out with a headlock with his hands. He’s like smothering the woman because she’s in the middle. That’s when I intervened.”

During the altercation, when the attacker’s shirt became ripped, Humphreys explains it revealed more about the man.

“When his shirt got ripped I could see all his ink or whatever — I’m an ex-Marine. I would guess he has PTSD or maybe off his meds. He didn’t strike me as being drunk,” said Humphreys, a former sergeant who served about five years, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Japan Today reports a member of the airlines at the airport said the attacker was under the influence.

“The suspect, a U.S. citizen, was drunk and arrested after he injured an ANA official following the fight,” a member of the airport police told AFP.

According to Japan Today, the attacker’s arrest and charges stem from choking an airline official, not the onboard brawl, said the airport police spokesman, speaking on customary condition of anonymity.

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  • Jim Verchio is a staff writer for Popular Military. As a retired Air Force Public Affairs craftsman, Jim has served at all levels. From staff writer to Editor-In-Chief, he has more than 30 years experience covering military topics in print and broadcast from the CONUS to Afghanistan. He is also a two time recipient of the DoD’s prestigious Thomas Jefferson Award for journalism excellence.

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