An unruly passenger forced an American Airlines flight to make an emergency diversion to Kansas City on Sunday.
American Flight 1775 was supposed to arrive in Washington DC from Los Angeles International Airport but had to be diverted unplanned during the three-hour flight.
A spokesperson for American Airlines released a statement.
“American Airlines Flight 1775 with service from Los Angeles [LAX] to Washington, DC [DCA] redirect to Kansas City [MCI] by an unruly passenger.
“The flight landed safely at MCI at 2:28 p.m. local time, and law enforcement was asked to board the flight upon arrival. We are grateful to our crew members who are dedicated to the safety and care of our customers and who have handled situations with the utmost skill and professionalism. ”
Passengers shared their experiences on social media, writing that the crew had to subdue the passengers when the pilot landed in Kansas City.
“The passenger was kept personally and an attending flight used a coffee pot to subdue him as the plane descended rapidly,” tweeted One passenger added that the man was bleeding while in custody.
Another passenger called the incident “Very scary” and said that the lights in the plane suddenly came on when “several men got up to rush into first class.”
“I don’t see the fight as just the men’s reaction. I knew immediately that something was wrong,” she said.
One passenger, Jake Smith, said he was getting up to go to the bathroom when he saw a flight attendant.full speed down the aisle,”
The flight attendant shouted to get the lights on, Smith said. The plane made a sudden left turn and accelerated within minutes.
The FBI conducted eyewitness interviews after the plane landed and the disruptive passenger was arrested.
Hours later, the FBI completed their interviews and the other passengers were expected to continue their flight to Washington.
An FBI spokesman said the unruly passenger was being held for interfering with the flight crew.
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