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Hawaii-bound flight diverted over blanket dispute

10 March 2017, 12:44 | Leonard Manning

Officials say there was a dispute between a 66-year-old male passenger and the flight crew over the cost of a blanket. The 66-year-old man complained of being cold, asked for a blanket, learned the price, and demanded to talk to the airline's corporate office.

The passenger became increasingly aggressive and then "made a statement that he wanted to "take somebody behind the woodshed" over this, which prompted the flight crew to contact the captain who then in turn diverted the aircraft to LAX", said Rob Pedregon of the Los Angeles Airport Police.

A flight attendant announced to passengers that the plane had to divert "due to operational reasons" and that law enforcement officers would be boarding the plane upon landing at LAX.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the man was removed from the plane but police on the ground determined there was no criminal threat.

The man managed to catch another flight, he said.

LA Airport Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation met the aircraft at the gate once it landed in LA.

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Another passenger, George Enriques, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that the man told him: "They're not treating me right".

Hawaiian Airlines spokesman Alex Da Silva said: "The decision to divert is based on safety".

But one passenger, who was sat across the aisle from the man, was told by staff the man had threatened the pilot. It landed in Los Angeles at 10:23 a.m.

"I thought it was ridiculous", Eileen Berstrom, another passenger, told CBS News. They chose to land the plane in Los Angeles.

Footage of the incident showed the man, wearing a hoodie and a baseball cap as he was escorted from the plane by two officers.



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