The jerk glared and gave a "signal" to one of his buddies. What would you have done?
Perhaps I missed it, but when did it become illegal, or even suspect, to stare at someone who tells you *after* you have just gone to the can, that you *can't* go to the can, and then give a thumbs-up to a fellow American who sees the humor in the whole act, and probably is in dire need of the can himself?
Is this America?! Does no one else see the insanity here?!
We're probably operating on incomplete information, but to me the guy is a jerk who was acting smart with the stwardess. I don't see where he made a threat. I don't read anything him being restrained, the cuffed, or of his friend being cuffed on the flight, detained for questioning and then released. This tells me that the air marshalls realized they weren't dealing with a real threat. In that case, three of them could have maintained control of the cabin without a "hands on the head" drill for all the passengers.
Oooh. Gotta watch them signals. Feminists tell us they can be unreliable...