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Published on : Tuesday, August 30, 2016
One woman on board filmed the passenger, in green t-shirt and with bleached blonde Mohawk haircut, being led away in handcuffs by officers.
Witnesses said the passenger was “speaking gibberish” and said he needed to get off the Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 from New York to Seattle.
Passengers in the flight said that the man seen “popping pills” and tried to open a door in mid-air.
Shoshana Godwin, who sat next to him, said he was acting erratically as soon as he got on the flight and later “freaked out and wanted off the plane”.
Alaska Airlines said it is impossible to open a door at altitude but the pilots decided to divert to police could deal with the passenger.
No passengers have been reported to be injured.