A plane was forced to make an emergency landing in the United States because of a riotous passenger.
The basics in brief
- An eyewitness reported that the man wanted to enter the cockpit.
The plane, en route from Los Angeles to Washington, DC, landed on Sunday at the Kansas City, Missouri airport, according to American Airlines. One passenger exhibited “irregular behaviour” and was eventually overtaken by the crew and other passengers.
An eyewitness told CNN that the man tried to get into the cockpit and open the plane’s door. Then a flight attendant hit him on the head with a cup of coffee. One passenger told the New York Times that the man looked panicked. The FBI said the man was arrested after the plane landed.
According to the US Federal Aviation Administration, nearly 6,000 violations of the rule were recorded by flight passengers last year. More than 70 percent of the cases involved disputes over face masks.
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