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Police in Phoenix arrested a man who was randomly touching people’s faces and spraying an unknown substance onto fellow passengers onboard a flight.
The American Airlines flight was going from Minneapolis to Phoenix and operated as AA1346. The crew called authorities to meet the 25-year-old passenger once the plane arrived since he was exhibiting “strange behavior.” Witnesses say he was acting aggressively and tried to also hit other passengers.
Upon the plane arriving to the gate in Phoenix, the man opened and jumped out of an exit door and onto the tarmac below. His desperate escape ended when he was subdued by airport employees and then arrested by authorities for trespassing.
American released a statement about this incident:
American had requested law enforcement meet flight 1346 upon arrival in Phoenix due to a disruptive passenger. Once the flight arrived at the gate, the passenger opened one of the doors and jumped off the aircraft. Law enforcement and paramedics responded.”
It’s still not clear what exactly was in the spray bottle that he was using. The passengers affected chose not to press charges and American flights continued without disruption from the serial sprayer.
An unruly passenger of American Airlines flight #AA1346 has opened one of doors and jumped off the aircraft at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. The incident came after the flight crew asked law enforcement to meet the aircraft. https://t.co/NzDUcW9y1B pic.twitter.com/QxLpzPv3An
— Breaking Aviation News (@breakingavnews) April 12, 2019