Unruly Passenger Causes United Flight To Divert To
January 24, 2010 - United Airlines Flight 223 passenger attempts to open
exit door in aircraft at 30,000 feet. On Saturday United Airlines Flight
223 departed Dulles International Airport Washington, D.C., at or about
3:30 PM for
About 1 hour and 15 minutes into the flight around 4:45 PM a male
passenger, 6 feet tall, 270 pounds with blond hair and unshaved face,
who had been consuming alcohol on and before the flight rose from his
seat in the coach section, grab his two carryon bags and then proceeded
to walk to the front of the plane. The scruffy looking man then began
banging on the cockpit door. The pilots refused hi entry, the passenger
then attempted to open an exit door while the plane was in flight.
The unruly passenger then again banged on the cock pit door that when a
passenger in first class seating, Earl Stafford grabbed the unruly
passenger by the arms and then called for help. Several passengers came
to his aid and assisted to restrain the passenger. The passenger was
then placed into a near by seat, restrained into his seat with the
seatbelt while passengers in adjacent seating where moved out of harms
way. One passenger, Art Thomm then sat on unruly passenger until the
plain landed and police could take control.
After the unruly passenger was restrained he was questioned by the
flight crew. He was asked what he was in his carryon bags. The unruly
passenger stated “You'll see."
At about 5:15 PM the pilots declared an emergency with air traffic
control. The pilots informed ATC that they had an unruly passenger
onboard. The Airbus A320 with 129 passengers and five crew members
onboard was immediately diverted to
The Airbus A320 taxied into its gate where FBI and TSA agents boarded the aircraft and took the unruly passenger into custody. Passengers were questioned by the FBI and TSA. One passenger who was interviewed stated the unruly passenger thought he was on the wrong flight and he wanted to get off the aircraft. After unruly passenger was questioned by FBI and RSA, he was transferred to a hospital for an evaluation.
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