CHICAGO (CBS) — A Southwest Airlines plane preparing to fly to Manchester, N.H. was forced to return to a Midway Airport terminal on Thursday afternoon after a passenger reportedly “stabbed” the traveller sitting next to her with a pen.
The victim, Lenny Mordarski, says he was conked out in his seat and awoke shouting in pain. He had been stabbed, or poked, in the arm multiple times.READ MORE: Alphonso Joyner, 23, Charged With Shooting And Killing 71-Year-Old Woom Sing Tse In Broad Daylight In Chinatown
“Imagine being asleep and then being stung by bees and waking up and going, ‘Ow,’” Mordarski told reporters after eventually landing in New Hampshire.
The pilot returned to the Chicago terminal immediately. An airline spokesperson says the woman blamed in the incident poked Mordarski because he was snoring. She was removed from the flight and placed on another plane.
Mordaski, who was wearing a long sleeve shirt, is expected to have some bruises, at worst.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Increasing Clouds Wednesday Night, Snow Flurries Possible Thursday Morning
Eyewitness Michael Sutton took a photo of the ink stains left on the sleeve of Mordaski’s arm after he was repeatedly poked.
Mordaski said the airline treated him and his friend to a round of gin and tonics – guaranteed pain dullers.MORE NEWS: View Live Radar
Charges were not expected, Chicago police said.