LA to Philly flight diverted due to disruptive passenger on board
Posted: Oct 29 2015 09:00PM EDT
Updated: Oct 29 2015 10:26PM EDT
PHOENIX (AP/WTXF) -- An American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Philadelphia had to be diverted to Phoenix because of an unruly passenger.
Phoenix police say a man was escorted off the plane without incident Thursday morning and transported to an urgent psychological care center for evaluation.
They say charges for interfering with the flight crew will be filed against the man, whose name, age and hometown weren't released.
An airlines spokesman says Flight 754 left Los Angeles International Airport at 8:38 a.m. with 150 passengers, three infants and a crew of six aboard.
Shortly after takeoff when the "Fasten Seatbelt" sign was turned off, authorities say the man walked to the first-class section and refused to take his seat.
Police say the man made alarming statements and was assisted back to his seat by the flight crew and a few passengers while the plane was diverted to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
The passengers finally arrived to Philadelphia about 7 hours late. Many were very happy to be back on the ground. FOX 29 spoke with the two men who helped the flight crew subdue the man. Other passengers are calling them heroes.
"We got duct tape and handcuffs and we had to hold the guy in his seat and told him if you move we're going to duct tape you together so we diverted to Phoenix and got rushed by Phoenix police when we landed,” said passenger Chip Yates.
"The poor guy needs help. But he scared the hell out of everybody. That's fair to say. We didn't know at first if he had somebody with him and he was very hostile to people with money,” said passenger Bill Shaw.