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NYC-to-Las Vegas flight diverted over unruly man

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:47 p.m. HST, Jun 15, 2014

NEW YORK >> A hollering, agitated passenger who ignored pleas to calm down spurred a pilot to divert a New York-to-Las Vegas JetBlue plane to Detroit over the weekend, according to the airline and a passenger's video.

Flight 211 was headed west from New York's Kennedy Airport when the passenger became unruly, and the captain decided to land in Detroit at around 8:30 a.m. Saturday out of "an abundance of caution," JetBlue Airways Corp. said in statement Sunday.

FBI Detroit spokesman David Porter said it's unknown whether the man will face criminal charges, but said the episode "did not rise to the level of threatening the aircraft." He said, "Flight attendants were able to get a handle on the situation relatively quickly."

Passengers said the outburst erupted suddenly.

"All of a sudden, this guy who was sleeping just woke up out of nowhere and started flipping out," Mark Verity told ABC.

Passenger video obtained by ABC News shows a man in a window seat standing, gesticulating and shouting, his remarks unclear.

"Dad, stop it!" a female voice exclaims as the man lurches toward the aisle, where flight attendants subdued him and restrained him with plastic hand ties.

Authorities in Detroit took him into custody, JetBlue said. It couldn't immediately be determined Sunday morning where he was or whether he was being charged.

After about two hours in Detroit, the plane went on to Las Vegas, arriving at around 11:30 a.m., JetBlue said.

The episode unfolded five days after a woman was nearly kicked off a JetBlue flight after her 3-year-old daughter urinated in her seat because the flight crew wouldn't let her use the bathroom while the plane was on the tarmac in New York, according to an account the mother gave Boston's WBZ-TV.

The woman, Jennifer Deveraux, said that when she got up to clean the mess, a flight attendant reported her to the pilot, who announced that the Boston-bound plane was returning to the gate to bring an out-of-order passenger to security officials. She said she ultimately was allowed to stay aboard.

JetBlue later apologized, she said; the airline said employees would undergo sensitivity training, the station reported.

It has been a busy few days for airplane mishaps.

An Allegiant Air flight Friday from Las Vegas to Missoula, Montana, was diverted to West Wendover, Nevada, after a light warned of a problem with the plane's hydraulic system; it landed safely and got to Missoula about six hours late, the airline said. A Delta Air Lines ramp worker was injured Friday evening responding to an engine fire in a plane parked at New York's LaGuardia Airport after all its passengers had disembarked; the airline said the worker was doing well.

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serious wrote:
There has been a number of these and something should be done and I don't know what. I detest taking a flight--even a short one is a frustration--getting there so early, going through lines after lines--take off you sweatshirt, your shoes, your belt, empty the hankies from your pockets. Then board and try to get your carryon into those overheads and people with bags and bags. Then sitting for long hours three abreast with people who are big enough to have bought two seats!! Then the little brat behind you who yells and kicks!!! Thanks God, one can't use cell phones---now that would be a disaster!!!
on June 15,2014 | 09:10AM
KaneoheSJ wrote:
I've got news for you, that cell phone part is going to change soon. Bring in your ear plugs.
on June 15,2014 | 09:14AM
nitpikker wrote:
lol! they should have a gauge like they have for carry-on bags, for people to walk thru to see if they fit in the seat!
on June 15,2014 | 10:57AM
bumba wrote:
Must suck being you, lol.
on June 15,2014 | 11:12AM
cojef wrote:
The "me generation" showing their true self. That's wat a hapening.
on June 15,2014 | 04:28PM
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