dglobalnews.com Hawaiian Airlines flight diverted to Los Angeles over unruly passenger
Published: Fri, March 10, 2017
National | By Glenda Ortiz

Hawaiian Airlines flight diverted to Los Angeles over unruly passenger

A 66-year-old man threatened a flight attendant after he was charged $12 for a blanket.

Witnesses said the man argued that because the flight was so cold, he should be allowed to have the blanket for free.

The flight was subsequently diverted to Los Angeles International Airport because of the unruly passenger. Officers interviewed the man and determined he had not made a threat against the aircraft, and thus had not violated any laws.

The man voluntarily abandoned his flight and caught another one, he said.

So he asked to speak with the airline's corporate office.

Pedregon said the incident may not be the oddest he has handled "but it ranks right up there".

Los Angeles Airport Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation met the aircraft at the gate. "I'm going to call the president".

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Passenger Claudia Rodriguez, a Dallas resident, said the airline did not provide much information during the incident.

The pilot was forced to divert to Los Angeles after the man's "threatening behavior".

The dispute happened an hour after the Hawaii-bound plane took off from Las Vegas, after he requested a blanket and was told it cost US$12 (NZ$17.40).

"Diverting a flight is clearly not our first choice, but our crew felt it was necessary in this case to divert to Los Angeles and deplane the passenger before beginning to fly over the Pacific Ocean".

Croyle said the airline offers complimentary blankets in all cabins on worldwide flights and on certain red-eye flights. They made a decision to land the plane in Los Angeles.

But during daytime flights between the West Coast and Hawaii, blankets are complimentary only in first class and "extra comfort" cabins, she said.

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