Hawaii-bound flight diverted over blanket dispute

When told he would have to fork out $ 12 for the blanket, the unidentified man got upset and demanded to speak to a corporate representative from the airline.

By: AFP | Los Angeles | Published:March 9, 2017 9:17 am
Tokyo airport, emergency landing, Haneda airport, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, Tokyo flights, flight emergency landing, emergency landing of plane, emergency landing reasons, Tokyo When told he would have to fork out $ 12 for the blanket, the unidentified man got upset and demanded to speak to a corporate representative from the airline.

A flight from Las Vegas to Honolulu was diverted to Los Angeles after a passenger refused to pay $ 12 for a blanket and was accused of being unruly, police said. The incident unfolded after the Hawaiian Airlines flight on Wednesday took off from Las Vegas and the passenger — a 66-year-old man — requested a blanket as he was cold, Officer Rob Pedregon, a spokesman for the Los Angeles airport police, told AFP.

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When told he would have to fork out $ 12 for the blanket, the unidentified man got upset and demanded to speak to a corporate representative from the airline, Pedregon said.

“During the in-flight call he allegedly said ‘I would like to take someone behind the woodshed for this’ and the pilot deemed that to be threatening behaviour and ordered that the plane be diverted to Los Angeles,” he said.

Police and FBI agents met with the passenger and crew when the plane landed in Los Angeles and determined after questioning both sides that no crime had been committed, Pedregon said.

The man voluntarily abandoned his flight and caught another one, he said. Pedregon said the incident may not be the oddest he has handled “but it ranks right up there.”

“You know, if I was a passenger on board that plane I would have paid the $ 12 dollars for him,” he chuckled.

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