Passenger on flight to Houston tries opening emergency exit in midair

A flight to Houston from Los Angeles was diverted to Corpus Christi, Texas Sunday after a woman reportedly tried to open an emergency exit door and jump out of the plane, reports CBS Houston affiliate KHOU-TV. The Corpus Christi International Airport said the FBI is investigating the incident, according to the Dallas Morning News.

A statement from Southwest Airlines read:'Following an uneventful landing, local authorities met the aircraft at a gate and removed the disruptive passenger.

John Hyland, chief of public safety for Corpus Christi International Airport, says an off-duty officer on the flight helped to restrain the passenger. "It would have cost a lot of people their lives", she said.

"As my kids say, I used my 'mommy voice, ' so I did command presence", Minchew said.

"She had no choice but to identify herself as a law enforcement officer and take immediate action", he said.

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Meant to arrive in Houston at 1:35pm, Flight 4519 was delayed for two-and-a-half hours before finally touching down at Hobby Airport around 4pm.

A passenger on the plane said that the woman was behaving erratically throughout Sunday's morning flight.

Franklin posted videos of the woman shouting and of her removal on Snapchat.

"The rest of the passengers cheered when the off-duty officer came back on board", after the woman was removed, Gillentine told the newspaper.

Kristy Gillentine, a journalist who was travelling on the flight, said: "This is a clear failure of many people to #SEESOMETHINGSAYSOMETHING". Due to the fact that the plane was in the air when the incident happened, they'll be investigating the matter.


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