Unruly Passenger Pulled Off Sacramento-Bound Plane After Trying To Open Hatch

SACRAMENTO (CBS13/AP) — A California-bound Southwest Airlines flight was diverted to Omaha, Neb. on Sunday after witnesses said a passenger tried to open a door.

The captain of the Chicago-to-Sacramento flight landed on Eppley Airfield to “have an unruly passenger removed” before continuing on to Sacramento, the airlines said in a statement.

The flight with 5 crew members and 134 passengers arrived safely at its destination about two hours behind schedule.

“He walked by us at first and went to the bathroom, and then when he came out he was really soaked. And then he walked down to the back of the plane and went to that bathroom. And then I guess he went and sat down by the lady or whomever he was sitting by and poured something on her. And then he got up and went to the rear of the plane and tried to open up the hatch,” said passenger Monique Lawler.She said the man acted strangely during the flight, and that at one point he came out of the bathroom soaking wet. She said when he went to the back of the cabin to try to pry open the door, a flight attendant screamed for help.

The airline had no further details about the incident.

A call to the Omaha Airport Authority seeking information about the passenger wasn’t immediately returned.


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