Colton Harris-Moore, the so-called “Barefoot Bandit” captured in the Bahamas this month, is accused of stealing several airplanes as he dodged law enforcement for nearly two years. The Seattle Times says it’s unlikely he’s going to care much for his next flight: a coach seat on America’s most infamous airline – “Con-Air,” the popular nickname for the U.S. Marshals Service’s Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System (JPATS).
At 6-foot-5, the 19-year-old Harris-Moore will be hurting for leg room, just as he would on a commercial flight. Adding to his discomfort will be the handcuffs and leg irons he’ll be required to wear during the flight. The “Fasten Seatbelts” light never goes off, and there is no moving around the cabin. “It’s a sterile environment,” said Scott Rolstad, assistant director of the program, which is based in Kansas City. “Think of it as a jail cell, only at 30,000 feet.” Harris-Moore is suspected in a string of burglaries, thefts, and other property crimes in jurisdictions from Western Washington to Indiana since he fled a halfway house two years ago. He will be flown on one of 10 aircraft the Marshals Service employs to move inmates about the country.