An American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Washington stopped in Kansas City after a man tried to open the cockpit door.

An American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Washington stopped in Kansas City after a man tried to open the cockpit door.

American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Washington diverted to Kansas City after a man tried to storm the cockpit: a terrified eyewitness says a flight attendant hit a violent passenger due to the heat with a coffee pot to pacify him

  • An unidentified passenger has been taken into custody after attempting to break into the cockpit of an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Washington.
  • He tried to open the exit door before the plane crash landed in Kansas City.
  • The aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing due to the “unbalanced behavior” of a passenger.
  • The man was arrested and taken into custody, and other passengers were transferred to another flight.

An American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to D.C. was diverted to Kansas City on Sunday afternoon due to an “uncontrolled passenger” who tried to get into the cabin and then tried to open the exit door.

The passenger, whose identity has not yet been established, was detained by flight attendants and other passengers. He was arrested and taken into custody after Flight 1775 landed.

Muaz Mustafa, a DC resident, was on board the plane and said he saw a flight attendant yelling at another crew member, ordering them to turn on the lights, before the plane suddenly began to descend, Mustafa said.

More passengers rushed to the front of the plane to help restrain the passenger, Mustafa said. The passenger allegedly tried to get into the cabin and open the exit door before the flight attendant hit the man on the head with a coffee pot in an attempt to subdue him.

Photos taken by Mustafa show the man chained to the floor, and a video he took shows FBI investigators talking to passengers after the nasty flyer was removed.

Karen Alston, who was sitting in row 17 of the plane, said she was watching a movie when a light suddenly turned on over her head and she saw a group of passengers hurrying to the front of the plane.

“When people started getting up, I knew something was wrong,” she told the Daily Beast.

A fellow traveler, Jake Smith, said he was about to make his way to the bathroom when he saw a flight attendant “rushing at full speed down the aisle.”

American Airlines Flight 1775 was scheduled to make an emergency landing in Kansas City before the FBI arrested witnesses who tried to enter the cabin and open the exit door.

American Airlines Flight 1775 was scheduled to make an emergency landing in Kansas City before the FBI arrested witnesses who tried to enter the cabin and open the exit door.

The flight was changed after a passenger's behavior became erratic, which worried the flight attendants (pictured) The man allegedly tried to open the plane door during the flight before being forcibly pulled out of the plane.

Passengers managed to restrain the “naughty passenger” and the flight attendant hit him with a coffee pot as the plane approached to land in Kansas City, Missouri.

Following the incident, American Airlines released a statement regarding the incident aboard Flight 1775, saying the plane had landed safely in Kansas City.

“American Airlines Flight 1775 from Los Angeles (LAX) to Washington, DC (DCA) was diverted to Kansas City (MCI) due to a naughty passenger,” according to a statement sent to Dailymail.com.

The flight landed safely at MCI at 2:28 p.m. local time and law enforcement was asked to meet the flight upon arrival. “We are grateful to our crew members who are unfailingly committed to the safety and care of our customers and who handled the circumstances with the utmost skill and professionalism.”

Kansas City Aviation Department spokesman Joe McBride said “the passenger interfered with the flight crew,” adding that the FBI is currently looking into the incident.

Muaz Mustafa, a DC resident, was on board the flight at the time of the incident and said he saw the flight attendants interacting with each other before hitting the passenger.

Muaz Mustafa, a DC resident, was on board the flight at the time of the incident and said he saw the flight attendants interacting with each other before hitting the passenger.

An American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Washington stopped in Kansas City after a man tried to open the cockpit door. Mustafa regularly shared updates on social media and said the plane felt like it was free-falling when a passenger tried to get into the cockpit.

Mustafa regularly shared updates on social media and said the plane felt like it was free-falling when a passenger tried to get into the cockpit.

The FBI confirmed the incident in a statement, adding that the troubled passenger had been taken into custody.

“The flight was changed because an uncontrolled passenger interfered with the flight crew,” the FBI said in a statement. “The man has been taken into custody. There is no further information available at this time.”

After the plane landed, local authorities and the FBI arrived on board, Mustafa said. The passengers were then booked for another flight.

In 2021, the agency registered 5,981 reports of unruly passenger behavior across all U.S. airlines, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

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