On Sunday afternoon, an American Airlines flight was diverted to Kansas City International Airport in Missouri because of an unruly passenger. American Airlines flight 1775 with service from Los Angeles (LAX) to Washington, D.C. (DCA) diverted to Kansas City (MCI) due to an unruly passenger.
The flight landed safely at MCI at 2:28 p.m. local time, and law enforcement was requested to meet the flight on arrival. They are grateful to our crew members, who are consistently dedicated to the safety and care of our customers and who handled the circumstances with the utmost skill and professionalism. Kansas City Aviation Department spokesperson Joe McBride told CNN there was a “passenger interfering with the flight crew,” adding the incident will be under the jurisdiction of the FBI.
The Federal Aviation Administration also confirmed that the flight’s crew reported a passenger disturbance aboard the Airbus A321. Mouaz Moustafa, a resident of Washington, DC, was aboard the flight and told CNN he saw a flight attendant yelling to another flight attendant to turn the lights on. The plane began rapidly descending, Moustafa said. More people went up to the front of the aircraft to help hold the passenger down.