American Airlines flight diverted to Kansas City after passenger displayed ‘erratic behavior’

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An American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Washington DC was diverted to Kansas City on Sunday due to “an unruly passenger displaying erratic behavior” on board the plane, the airline confirmed.

the passenger “was eventually brought under control by our crew and with the help of other passengers,” according to the airline’s statement obtained by PEOPLE.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) also confirmed to PEOPLE that the plane landed safely around 2:05 p.m. in Kansas City after “crew reported disruption to passengers on board.”

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Another passenger, Mouaz Moustafa, posted a series of tweets about the incident on Sunday.

“Flight AA1775 from LA to DC just made an emergency landing in Kansas after a near disaster when a passenger tried to open the plane’s door mid-flight,” he said. wrote. “Other passengers and flight attendants were overpowered and had to use force to disable the individual. Now in Kansas awaiting FBI.”

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he later added that FBI agents had boarded the plane after “a flight attendant used a coffee maker to repeatedly punch a middle-aged man who was trying to open the plane’s door”.

Kansas City FBI noted in a statement that the passenger was “taken into custody” and the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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American Airlines added, “We are grateful to our crew members, who are constantly dedicated to the safety and care of our customers and who handled the circumstances with the utmost skill and professionalism.”

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According to data published by the FAAthere were 5,981 unruly passenger reports in 2021, but the majority — just under 72% — of those incidents were related to the federal mask mandate for air travel due to the ongoing COVID pandemic.

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