A passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight was transported to the hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning upon landing in Newark, N.J., for being “disruptive,” airline spokesperson Brian Parrish told USA TODAY in a statement Tuesday.
“I can confirm we had a situation involving a disruptive passenger on board Southwest Flight 864 with service from Fort Lauderdale to Newark last evening,” the statement read. “The flight landed safely at Newark, and local law enforcement took control of the situation upon arrival.”
Flight 864 was traveling from Fort Lauderdale and arrived at 12:26 a.m. Tuesday, an hour later than scheduled, due to the unidentified flyer’s behavior, according to The New York Post and NJ.com.
In a statement to USA TODAY, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department said they responded to the disturbance shortly after midnight.
“Southwest contacted (Port Authority police) regarding a male passenger who appeared agitated during the flight. No one was injured or assaulted,” the statement read. “All other passengers deplaned and EMS responded to evaluate the passenger who was later transported to Newark Beth Israel Hospital for psychiatric evaluation.”
Police said the case was later referred to the FBI, who did not immediately respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.
Although officials did not confirm what the passenger was doing, some passengers took to Twitter to detail their experiences on the flight.
“My recap home… guy tried departing the plane, guy attacks Stewardess, guy gets zip-tied, swarmed by police and arrested… OH MY PLANE WAS DELAYED,” one person tweeted.
The airline responded to the tweet, apologizing.
“Hi there. We regret that you were unable to travel as scheduled, and it sounds like we need to take a closer look at what was going on. Do you mind sending over a DM with your confirmation number?” the tweet read.
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