Flight Diverted After ‘Unruly’ Passenger Starts Pull Ups on Overhead Bins

Flight Diverted After ‘Unruly’ Passenger Starts Pull Ups on Overhead Bins
An American Airlines airline plane is seen on the tarmac at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Sept. 19, 2016, in Phoenix. (Daniel Slim/AFP/Getty Images)
Simon Veazey

An American Airlines flight was diverted after an unruly passenger started to do pull ups from the overhead bin, refusing to sit down.

The flight from Phoenix was diverted to Kansas City, where law enforcement removed the passenger, before heading to its original destination, Boston.

The flight, carrying 147 passengers, left around 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 1. Other passengers reported a man who had boarded with a woman and two dogs appeared to be intoxicated, according to WBZ.
“He was leaning up against where you put the bags overhead and a passenger came by and said ‘What are you going to do, some pull ups?’ and the guy actually grabbed on to it and started doing some pull ups on the plane in front of everybody,” passenger David Markoski told reporters with WBZ.

The man ordered beer and alcohol, and a short while later the situation became tense, according to Markoski.

“He would not sit down. The flight attendant probably asked him about three or four times to sit down and he refused to sit down and then he really got verbally abusive with her, starting calling her names,“ Markoski said.

The flight was forced to land in Kansas City, Missouri, late Monday night where law enforcement came on board and took the man off the jet. The FBI in Kansas City told WBZ-TV there were no arrests and no charges filed. The man’s name has not been made public.

American Airlines confirmed to media that the flight had been diverted due to an “unruly” passenger, who was removed by law enforcement.

FBI agents met the plane at Kansas City and interviewed the passenger, according to the Boston Globe. “The FBI did speak with the passenger. ... The passenger was removed from the plane,’’ a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Kansas City field office told the station. “No one was taken into custody nor have charges been filed.”

The flight continued and landed at Boston’s Logan Airport just after 1 a.m. Tuesday, 90 minutes behind schedule.

Simon Veazey is a UK-based journalist who has reported for The Epoch Times since 2006 on various beats, from in-depth coverage of British and European politics to web-based writing on breaking news.
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