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NYC-to-Las Vegas flight diverted over unruly man

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 16, 2014 at 9:54 am •  Published: June 16, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — 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. Porter said that he couldn't discuss the man's whereabouts Sunday but that he wasn't in FBI custody.

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

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