Published on : Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Cops removed a man from an American Airlines plane at Miami International airport on Monday after he forced his way onto the plane. The man, who was forcibly removed from the American Airlines flight 1060, was a ticketed passenger on the flight to Newark. He ran past the gate agent and onto the jetbridge due to which he was removed, said American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein.
The man was repeatedly asking other passengers for time and claiming himself as the FBI. He even went on to claim that it was his plane. Everyone stood up to watch the man and they blocked the aisle and then the security was called up and the man was finally dragged off the plane. Later he was taken to the Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital in Miami for evaluation.
The incident occurred after 6 am, according to the detective and public information officer at the Miami-Dade Police Department, Lee Cowart.
All the passengers were taken off the plane and the authorities swept the plane before allowing everyone to board again. Earlier while following the protocol, the plane was taken to a facility at the airport for the purpose of checking for the damages or any weapons.
The plane left the airport after three-and-a-half hours scheduled departure period.
When a person is supposed to be in crisis and is determined to pose a threat to himself/herself or others, he or she can be forced to undergo an involuntary examination in a local crisis facility or hospital as per the Florida Mental Health Act, also known as Baker Act. The Act allows people with mental illness to be held involuntarily for up to 72 hours in a mental health treatment hospital if they meet specific criteria.
The Act can be put into action by doctors, judges, mental health professionals and law enforcement authorities.