The flight landed safely at Kansas City International Airport, and law enforcement met the flight and took the passenger into custody. An FBI agent in charge of the investigation did not provide information.
Editor’s Note: This story has been altered to reflect that the plane was headed to Ronald Reagan National Airport before being diverted to Kansas City.
The American Airlines flight en route to Ronald Reagan National Airport was diverted to Kansas City, Missouri, on Sunday night after a passenger allegedly tried to open the door of the plane in mid-flight.
A spokesman for the airline told WTOP that a 1775 American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to the DCA changed course when the passenger began to “show misbehavior”.
“We are grateful to our crew members, who are always committed to the safety and care of our customers and who have handled the situation with maximum skill and professionalism,” the airline said in a statement. “We also appreciate the customers who intervened to help our crew.”
The unstable passenger was eventually subdued with the help of other flight passengers and some crew members. The man allegedly tried to open the door of the plane in the middle of the flight, according to Muaz Mustafa, a passenger who recorded the events on the plane.
The flight landed safely at Kansas City International Airport, and law enforcement met the flight and took the passenger into custody. No additional information from an FBI agent in charge of the investigation.
The passengers were holding the man, and the flight attendant used the coffee shop to subdue him as the plane descended rapidly. the man had blood when police in this video take him off a flight after landing in Kansas # AA1775 pic.twitter.com/HL2JnyYglw
– Muaz Mustafa (@SoccerMouaz) February 13, 2022
Carlos Rojas, another passenger on the plane who was delayed for more than five hours, told our news partners at NBC Washington the moments before the plane landed.
“It wasn’t too scary just because I didn’t know what was going on until it happened,” Rojas said.
He later said officers were on the plane and conducted interviews to investigate the incident.
“As soon as we landed, they arrived on a plane,” Rojas told NBC Washington. “They accompanied the gentleman who caused the riots from the plane and continued to interview and ask people questions,” Rojas said.
American Airlines said it was working closely with police but did not disclose details about the passengers and when they were charged. Meanwhile, other commercial airliners like Delta Air Lines has officially appealed to the Ministry of Justice put unruly passengers on the banned lists.
That’s it for the second time in two months that flight between DC and Los Angeles turned out to be distracted because of the naughty passenger.
In November 2021, Attorney General Merrick Garland told U.S. prosecutors across the country that Federal crimes occurring on flights must be prosecuted.
“The Department of Justice is committed to using its resources to prevent violence, intimidation, threats of violence and other criminal behavior that threatens the safety of passengers, crew and flight attendants on commercial aircraft,” Garland said.
He added that passengers who choose to “attack, intimidate or threaten violence against crews and flight attendants” are at greater risk than crews and staff. His comments came amid what is considered a historic surge in the number of unruly passengers across the country.
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