A JetBlue passenger who was heard screaming the N-word aboard flight 1760, which was scheduled to leave Kingston for New York, received treatment at the Bellevue Hospital prior to leaving Jamaica on Thursday (October 22).
The Den understands that the family of Ryan Anthony Brewer made contact with Jamaican authorities shortly after the incident, noting that he suffered from mental illness.
One family member believes that the events which transpired in Jamaica may have triggered a psychotic episode, adding that Brewer is diagnosed with schizophrenia.
The family members assumption was supported by Brewer himself who sought to offer an explanation for his actions, which has left many people stunned.
Speaking to an officer at the security counter at the Norman Manley International Airport (NIMA) shortly after the incident on Tuesday (October 20), Brewer revealed that he had arrived in Jamaica on September 12 full of happiness and joy in anticipation that he would be tying the knot with a local woman.
A woman who was waiting in the airport lounge and overheard the conversation told The Den that a clearly distraught Brewer kept shouting that he was ” heartbroken”.
According to the woman, Brewer told security personnel that after arriving in the island and meeting up with the woman, who he revealed he had met on Facebook, she allegedly fleeced him out of $1000 USD.
“She told me that she was going to use the money to make wedding preparations,” Brewer is heard telling the security officer.
Brewer said that after giving the woman the funds, she took off never to be seen again, and refused to answer his Facebook messages.
The American, who is of a California address, further told officers that after giving the woman most of his money he met into financial difficulties, which resulted in him spending a few nights sleeping on a beach.
Brewer said he felt ashamed and embarrassed that he was going home single after having left the United States announcing that he was going to marry a Jamaican princess.
While noting that his feelings were no excuse for his behaviour, Brewer said that he arrived on the plane late and was being hurried.
He said things further took a toll for the worse when he arrived at his seat, and saw a woman who resembled the woman he was intending to marry; Brewer said he lost his cool.
While it unclear if Brewer’s version of events are true, The Den can confirm that his return airline ticket was purchased by the US Embassy.