Passenger wanting smoke forces 2nd flight diversion in 12 hours - Tucson News Now

Passenger wanting a smoke forces 2nd flight diversion in 12 hours

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A passenger acting erratically, and craving a cigarette forced two flight diversions in less than 12 hours, authorities say.

An American Eagle flight was diverted to Kansas City International Airport Tuesday, after authorities said the unruly passenger tried to exit the plane in an effort to have a smoke.

Because the New York man didn't actually open the exit door, he was released from law enforcement custody. This was the second time on Tuesday that he was released without charges, after his behavior forced a flight diversion.

The first disruption occurred on a red-eye U.S. Airways flight from Las Vegas to Charlotte. That flight landed in Albuquerque at 1:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Authorities said the passenger wanted to "exit for a smoke." He was shaking the seat in front of him, and apparently tried to light a cigarette.

Police and FBI agents interviewed him, but he was released.

Typically after flight diversions, the original airline declines to allow the passenger to continue ahead.

The New York man, who some passengers said spoke with a Russian-sounding accent, was rebooked onto the American Eagle flight.

The flight took off from Albuquerque International Sunport on Tuesday morning, headed for Chicago O'Hare International Airport. The flight with 63 passengers, and four crew members had to take an unexpected detour to KCI.

And once again, passengers reported that the man had a cigarette in his mouth, and was trying to light it. And just like on the US Airways flight, passengers and authorities said he was agitated and tried to exit the plane to go outside for a smoke.

A federal agent on vacation was on board the flight. That man, and several other passengers helped restrain the passenger.

The flight landed in Kansas City about 11:30 a.m. and took off about an hour later. The authorities interviewed witnesses, and the crew completed paperwork.

The plane later arrived in Chicago.

The man was taken off the plane, and interviewed by authorities in Kansas City. He was released without any charges, and it's not clear what his plans are for leaving Kansas City.

"He was just being obnoxious," one passenger said. "He was being belligerent."

Several passengers said they thought the man appeared to be under the influence.

"My American Airlines flight had to escort an unruly Russian-speaking man off the plane, who was seated in front of me. He wouldn't stay seated, and kept trying to open the exit door to step outside and have a smoke. He had a lighter, and kept trying to light his cig," a woman posted on her Facebook page.

KCTV5's Jonathan Carter contributed to this report.

Copyright 2013 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • BREAKING

    SAWMILL FIRE: Officials say at 61 percent contained, some personnel to demobilize

    SAWMILL FIRE: Officials say at 61 percent contained, some personnel to demobilize

    Saturday, April 29 2017 1:50 PM EDT2017-04-29 17:50:20 GMT

    Officials have confirmed the wildfire burning in southern Arizona was caused by a recreational shooter.

    Officials have confirmed the wildfire burning in southern Arizona was caused by a recreational shooter.

  • Economic Impact of Pima County Fair

    Economic Impact of Pima County Fair

    Saturday, April 29 2017 12:18 AM EDT2017-04-29 04:18:53 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    The Southwestern Fair Commission says the event impacts our local economy by $34 million. They hired FMR Associates Inc to produce an Economic Impact study. 

    The Southwestern Fair Commission says the event impacts our local economy by $34 million. They hired FMR Associates Inc to produce an Economic Impact study. 

  • Firefighters saved more than homes from the Sawmill Fire

    Firefighters saved more than homes from the Sawmill Fire

    Saturday, April 29 2017 12:06 AM EDT2017-04-29 04:06:02 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    The Sawmill Fire has burned nearly 47,000 acres, but thanks to the efforts of firefighting crews no homes have been lost.   

    The Sawmill Fire has burned nearly 47,000 acres, but thanks to the efforts of firefighting crews no homes have been lost.   

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

    Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

        One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction.  She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction. She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

  • 'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    Thursday, April 27 2017 12:17 AM EDT2017-04-27 04:17:43 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-04-29 03:32:02 GMT
    Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children.

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children. 

  • 'I got 2 clips!' Impatient mom pulls out gun, threatens barber cutting son's hair

    'I got 2 clips!' Impatient mom pulls out gun, threatens barber cutting son's hair

    Friday, April 28 2017 5:45 PM EDT2017-04-28 21:45:21 GMT
    (Source: Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County Facebook)(Source: Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County Facebook)

    Police are looking for a woman who pointed a gun at a barber all because her son's haircut was taking too long.

    Police are looking for a woman who pointed a gun at a barber all because her son's haircut was taking too long.

Powered by Frankly