Unruly JetBlue passenger lashes out
A hollering, agitated passenger who ignored pleas to calm down spurred a pilot to divert a New York-to-Las Vegas JetBlue plane to Detroit over the weekend, according to the airline and a passenger's video.
Flight 211 was headed west from New York's Kennedy Airport when the passenger became unruly, and the captain decided to land in Detroit out of "an abundance of caution," JetBlue Airways Corp said in statement.
FBI Detroit spokesman David Porter said it's unknown whether the man will face criminal charges, but said the episode "did not rise to the level of threatening the aircraft."
He said, "Flight attendants were able to get a handle on the situation relatively quickly."
Passengers said the outburst erupted suddenly.
"All of a sudden, this guy who was sleeping just woke up out of nowhere and started flipping out," Mark Verity told ABC.
Passenger video obtained by ABC News shows a man in a window seat standing, gesticulating and shouting, his remarks unclear.
"Dad, stop it!" a female voice exclaims as the man lurches toward the aisle, where flight attendants subdued him and restrained him with plastic hand ties.
Authorities in Detroit took him into custody, JetBlue said. Porter said that he couldn't discuss the man's whereabouts but that he wasn't in FBI custody.
After about two hours in Detroit, the plane went on to Las Vegas, JetBlue said.
It has been a busy few days for airplane mishaps in the US. A Florida-to-Connecticut JetBlue flight was diverted to Kennedy on Sunday after a mechanical warning light went on, and an Allegiant Air flight Friday from Las Vegas to Missoula, Montana, landed in West Wendover, Nevada, because of a hydraulic system warning light. Both planes landed safely, with no injuries.
A Delta Air Lines ramp worker was injured responding to an engine fire in a plane parked at New York's LaGuardia Airport after all its passengers had disembarked; the airline said the worker was doing well.