- An American Airlines passenger was detained at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina on Monday, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
- Authorities say that while boarding the flight, the man was warned about his erratic behavior, then ran to the tarmac, removed his shirt, and chased airport employees with a “plastic signal wand.”
- The man was taken to a nearby hospital for a mental-health evaluation and has not been charged.
An American Airlines passenger threatened airport employees on the tarmac at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said.
The man boarded Flight 5466 to Cincinnati on Monday but appeared to be disoriented and was unable to find his seat, authorities said.
After being warned that he would be kicked off of the flight if his behavior continued, the man ran down to the tarmac, removed his shirt, and began to chase airport employees with a “plastic signal wand,” the police department said in a statement.
Authorities said the man was taken to a nearby hospital for a mental-health evaluation and has not been charged, and no injuries were reported.
A video taken by a passenger on the flight shows the man running toward airport employees and taking swings at them. American Airlines said the flight departed 35 minutes later than expected.
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Two other notable passenger-related incidents have delayed commercial flights recently.
On Sunday, a United Airlines passenger reportedly deployed and used the emergency slide while boarding a flight at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. And on February 21, a Southwest Airlines flight was delayed after an emotional-support dog injured a child.