After a passenger lit a joint during a flight, an American Airlines flight was compelled to make an emergency landing on Friday, Sept. 20.
The incident is reported to have occurred during a flight from Phoenix to Minneapolis, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing in Denver.
The pilot allegedly informed passengers about plans for an emergency landing about an hour into the flight, citing “a security issue in the back.”
The passengers were somewhat freaked out, attempting to figure out what was happening. The buzz in the cabin was that someone in the back said he was telling everyone around him, he was on cocaine. That’s when the man with dreadlocks in the video ran into the bathroom to the back of the plane and locked the door.
Concerned flight attendants then gathered around the door of the bathroom; attempting to coax the man out.
The man reportedly stayed in the bathroom for about 10 minutes; he emerged and returned to his seat about five minutes before the emergency landing. He was very jittery and police and EMTs came on board when the plane landed.
The man took a joint and a lighter out at this point and went on to smoke some weed. The pilot then spoke again over the intercom, asking passengers to exit the aircraft in the first 13 rows in order to remove the man.
However, this resulted in even more drama, with the guy punching one of the travelers as they tried to get off the plane.
The man was removed by police and EMTs, handcuffed him and placed him on a gurney. You can hear him screaming he was hurt by the cuffs as he asked to be released, screaming, “Take it off, it hurts. I’ll [obscenity] kill you!”
The plane was back in the air and on its way to Minneapolis two hours after the messy incident.
The man in this video was not arrested for the disruption and did not end up being booked on any charges. He was merely treated at the hospital.