WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A disruptive passenger reportedly smoked weed while onboard an American Airlines flight, eventually prompting a flight diversion.
- After telling fellow passengers that he was on cocaine, the suspect locked himself in the airplane bathroom and lit up marijuana.
- The pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in Denver, Colorado, where police officers apprehended the suspect.
An American Airlines flight from Arizona to Minnesota was forced to make an emergency landing on Friday after a disruptive passenger allegedly smoked weed while on board.
After reportedly telling fellow passengers that he was on cocaine, the suspect locked himself in the airplane bathroom and lit up marijuana.
According to a TMZ report, the man locked himself in for 10 minutes while flight attendants tried to get him out.
About an hour into the flight from Phoenix to Minneapolis, the pilot announced that the flight needed to be diverted to Denver, Colorado, because of “a security issue in the back.”
The man only went out of the lavatory and back to his seat as the plane was about to land. Passengers described him to be very jittery, as reported by TMZ.
Once the plane was on the runway, the flight’s staff, police officers, and EMT confronted the man, who proceeded to light up what looked like a joint. The staff then tried to grab it.
The first 13 rows of passengers were asked to exit the plane so they could remove the suspect, who punched one of the passengers as they exited.
The police eventually handcuffed the suspect and placed him on a stretcher. He then screamed, “Take it off, it hurts. I’ll f***ing kill you!”
The plane re-departed for Minneapolis two hours later.
An American Airlines spokesperson told Fox News on Saturday that a “disruptive passenger” caused Flight 2408 to be diverted. The spokesperson also thanked the flight staff for taking care of the other passengers during the incident.
Source: FOX News