Frontier flight to Florida diverted due to ‘disruptive passenger’

WARNING — Full graphic video below: Passenger video shows man being disruptive, being subdued on Frontier flightA Frontier Airlines flight headed from New York LaGuardia to Orlando had to be diverted Wednesday night. The flight was diverted to Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) in North Carolina around 8 pm due to a “disruptive passenger.”Frontier flight 1335 took off early, shortly before 6 pm, and was scheduled to arrive at 9:11 pm at Orlando.However, it was diverted to RDU at approximately 8:15 pm, with RDU law enforcement, fire-rescue and Wake County EMS responding, the airport said.A video posted to social media appears to show a shouting man being subdued by a group of fellow passengers. One passenger told local media that the man had been threatening others on board. Imagine being more than 30,000 feet in the air and hearing this: “Stealing my DNA while I’m on this plane!” stolen on the flight.”I’m disgruntled. Somebody call the pilot and tell him,” the passenger is heard saying. “It was a crazy experience to think you know, this might be my last moments, on this plane,” Savannah Figueroa said. Figueroa was just a couple of rows away on the Frontier flight from New York to Orlando that diverted to Raleigh because of the incident. She says he was loud from the beginning, but things escalated when he started accusing a mom and her child for poking him to steal his DNA. Then she says it escalated. “He was even saying ‘I’ll bull rush you into a corner and kill you. How’re they going to stop me?’ He was making threats and then I guess he stood up and tried to break a window and that’s when everyone jumped on him,” Figueroa said. didn’t work, they tied him up with belts and tools from a first aid kit.”Give me something to tie him up,” one passenger said.”Hey y’all, he needs to sit in a seat so don’t tie his feet like that, he needs to sit in a seat, “another passenger said.”The flight attendants had also barricaded the front of the plane with their carts. I don’t know if that’s a standard procedure or if they were nervous he was going to try to rush the cockpit,” Figueroa said.”I’m not playing miss lady, I’m disgruntled,” the unruly passenger said on video. At about 9:40 pm, the flight was able to resume its journey to Orlando, according to RDU. It finally arrived at its destination at 11:10 pm The news comes just a day after an American Airlines flight from North Carolina to Los Angeles was diverted to New Mexico overnight after a passenger made a “threatening statement” to a crew member. Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian sent a letter to US Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday reiterating his call for the Justice Department to prosecute unruly passengers and place them on a “no-fly” list.The Federal Aviation Administration adopted a zero-tolerance policy for unruly, sometimes violent passengers on board flights in 2021.The FAA has been cracking down, hitting unruly passengers with fines.One $45,000 fine announced in August of last year was against a passenger accused of throwing his luggage at another passenger and, while lying on the aisle floor, “grabbing a flight attendant by the ankles and putting his head up her skirt.” enger would not wear his face mask, the FAA, said, and “acted as though his hand was a gun and made a ‘pew, pew’ noise as if he was shooting a fellow passenger.”CNN contributed to this report.

WARNING — Full graphic video below: Passenger video shows man being disruptive, being subdued on Frontier flight

A Frontier Airlines flight headed from New York LaGuardia to Orlando had to be entertained Wednesday night.

The flight was diverted to Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) in North Carolina around 8 pm due to a “disruptive passenger.”

Frontier flight 1335 took off early, shortly before 6 pm, and was scheduled to arrive at 9:11 pm at Orlando.

However, it was diverted to RDU at approximately 8:15 pm, with RDU law enforcement, fire-rescue and Wake County EMS responding, the airport said.

A video posted to social media appears to show a shouting man being subdued by a group of fellow passengers. One passenger told local media that the man had been threatening others on board.

Imagine being more than 30,000 feet in the air and hearing this: “Stealing my DNA while I’m on this plane!”

A passenger yelling, claiming his DNA was being stolen on the flight.

“I’m disgruntled. Somebody call the pilot and tell him,” the passenger is heard saying.

“It was a crazy experience to think you know, this might be my last moments, on this plane,” Savannah Figueroa said.

Figueroa was just a couple of rows away on the Frontier flight from New York to Orlando that diverted to Raleigh because of the incident.

She says he was loud from the beginning, but things escalated when he started accusing a mom and her child for poking him to steal his DNA.

Then she says it escalated.

“He was even saying ‘I’ll bull rush you into a corner and kill you. How’re they going to stop me?’ He was making threats and then I guess he stood up and tried to break a window and that’s when everyone jumped on him,” Figueroa said.

Figueroa says a group of men took it upon themselves to try to calm the passenger down, but when that didn’t work, they tied him up with belts and tools from a first aid kit.

“Give me something to tie him up,” one passenger said.

“Hey y’all, he needs to sit in a seat so don’t tie his feet like that, he needs to sit in a seat,” another passenger said.

“The flight attendants had also barricaded the front of the plane with their carts. I don’t know if that’s a standard procedure or if they were nervous he was going to try to rush the cockpit,” Figueroa said.

“I’m not playing miss lady, I’m disgruntled,” the unruly passenger said on video.

At about 9:40 pm, the flight was able to resume its journey to Orlando, according to RDU.

It finally arrived at its destination at 11:10 pm

The news comes just a day after an American Airlines flight from North Carolina to Los Angeles was diverted to New Mexico overnight after a passenger made a “threatening statement” to a crew member.

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian sent a letter to US Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday reiterating his call for the Justice Department to prosecute unruly passengers and place them on a “no-fly” list.

The Federal Aviation Administration adopted a zero-tolerance policy for unruly, sometimes violent passengers on board flights in 2021.

The FAA has been cracking down, hitting unruly passengers with fines.

One $45,000 fine announced in August of last year was against a passenger accused of throwing his luggage at another passenger and, while lying on the aisle floor, “grabbing a flight attendant by the ankles and putting his head up her skirt.”

Another passenger would not wear his face mask, the FAA, said, and “acted as though his hand was a gun and made a ‘pew, pew’ noise as if he was shooting a fellow passenger.”

CNN contributed to this report.

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