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LAX-Bound Flight Returns to JFK Over Disruptive Passenger

An American Airlines flight on its way to LAX returned to JFK after a passenger became disruptive shortly after takeoff.

A cross-country flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) didn’t make it very far before an unruly passenger forced the captain to turn the plane around and head back to New York on Tuesday night. American Airlines Flight 83 turned back for JFK less than 45 minutes after takeoff after an unidentified female passenger became disruptive moments after departure.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police told New York NBC affiliate WNBC that the unruly flyer was taken to a local hospital for evaluation after being escorted from the plane at JFK. Law enforcement sources reportedly told the television station that police were originally dispatched to meet the returning flight after a report of two passengers fighting during the flight.

According to the site FlightAware, the Airbus A321 reached 25,000 feet in the skies over eastern Pennsylvania before circling back towards New York. The plane then made an unscheduled landing at JFK a short time later.

An American Airlines spokesperson told reporters that the flight, which had departed just after 6:30 pm, returned to the gate soon after landing safely at JFK at 7:20 p.m. The apparently aggressive passenger was removed from the flight by police and EMTs who were waiting at the gate. The plane departed for LAX with the remaining 97 passengers onboard a short time later just after 9:30 p.m.

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