An American Airlines flight ended up having to make an emergency landing after a passenger became unruly, punching seats, yelling at other passengers and smoking cigarettes.
American Flight 2408 from Phoenix to Minneapolis ended up diverting to Denver on Friday after a passenger became disruptive an hour after takeoff.
‘He punched the seat in front of him and the lady screamed,’ Passenger Jim Dickey told CNN.
An unruly passenger forced an American Airlines flight from Arizona to Minnesota to make an emergency landing on Friday
Dickey said the man began yelling and making threats toward the other passengers.
After around 20 minutes of disruption, the pilot decided to divert the flight and land as quickly as possible.
Upon arriving in Denver, the man was removed from the plane by law enforcement.
‘You could tell by the sound that the plane started descending pretty quickly after the flight attendants started to notice what was going on’, Dickey said.
At one point, the disruptive man got up to go to the bathroom where he started smoking a cigarette and yelled, ‘you’re all screwed!’
The flight was an hour into its journey when the passenger began hitting the chair in front and began swearing at another passenger.The plane was diverted and landed in Denver, Colorado
Some passengers began preparing themselves to restrain the passenger physically.
‘The guy right behind me switched seats to the aisle in case things went awry,’ Dickey explained.
American Airlines issued a statement acknowledging that the flight was diverted because of a disruptive passenger.
‘Law enforcement met the flight, and the aircraft re-departed. Thank you to our crew members for taking care of our customers during this situation.’
Dickey said the rest of the flight was the quietest one he’d ever been on.
‘When we got back on the plane in Denver and continued on to Minneapolis, I don’t think anybody said a word,’ he said.