An unruly passenger caused a flight from Chicago to land in eastern Canada on Feb. 15. An American Airlines official says the passenger from a London-bound flight has to be removed from the plane.
Airline spokesperson Kent Powell told The Associated Press by phone on Saturday that the unruly passenger had refused to listen to the flight crew’s instructions and was handed over to authorities in Gander, Newfoundland, where the plane had to land. He said he didn’t have further details about what transpired.
Passengers were told the plane would be touching down in Gander, Newfoundland - one of the most eastern airports in North America and the last opportunity to stop before a flight heads out across the Atlantic.
Powell said the plane was being refuelled and was expected take off again around midnight for Heathrow Airport. Flight 86 left Chicago at around18:00. CDT and was originally slated to land in London at around 04:00 local time.
In January 2013, another unruly passenger has to be taped to his seat after a drunken episode onboard Icelandair. The passenger tired to chock one person and kept screaming that the plane was going to crash. The passengers had enough of the problem, so they talked about it and decided to work with the crew and tape the man down into his seat, with sock in his mouth to keep his completely quiet
“Passenger drank all of his duty free liquor on the flight from Iceland to JFK yesterday. When he became unruly, (i.e. trying to choke the woman next to him and screaming the plane was going to crash), fellow passengers subdued him and tie him up for the rest of the flight. He was escorted off the flight by police when it landed,” Andy Ellwood, a witness on the plane, said in a statement.
In 2012, an angry passenger on Spirit Airlines became so out of hand that the entire flight got delayed. Fellow passengers were stranded at the airport for approximately 11 hours while authorities handled the problem. The customers are claiming that the airline left them without food or an explanation of what was happening.
This proves that there are other stories similar to an unruly passenger in eastern Canada who have made things quite bad for the airlines.