An American Airlines flight traveling from Phoenix to Minneapolis was forced to make an emergency landing in Denver on September 20 after a passenger began smoking and locked himself in a bath.
Travelers on an American Airlines flight received an inconvenient surprise on September 20, when the plane was forced to make an unplanned stop due to a disruptive passenger. The flight, which was scheduled to fly from Phoenix, AZ to Minneapolis, MN, had to make an emergency landing in Phoenix, AZ after the passenger lit up and started smoking what is believed to be marijuana, TMZ reported. About an hour into the plane, the pilot spoke to the intercom, explaining that the plane landed in Denver because of "a back-up security problem."
A video from Twitter shows the smoking passenger, who appeared to be a man with dreadlocks in his hair, surrounded by crew members as he gets up from his seat and has the suspicious cigarette in his mouth. He allegedly told someone on board that he was on cocaine and appeared to be annoying. Passengers could be heard expressing shock as they all watched the incident and talked about it with each other. At one point, the man even ran to the back of the plane and locked himself in a bathroom. The flight attendants tried to lure him out, but he stayed there for 1
Another video, which was posted from the taping, currently shows crew members as well as EMTs and police asking people in the first 13 rows of the aircraft to step off so they could remove the man. When the man was removed, he was handcuffed and put on a gurney when he could be heard screaming that they had hurt them and even threatened to kill them.
Two hours after the plane landed in Denver and removed the man, it was back in the air on its way to Minneapolis.