Two American Airlines flights are diverted after unruly passenger accidents

The airline said the flight landed around 2:28 p.m. local time in Kansas City, Missouri, where it was met by law enforcement officials.

a Plane route map It shows as it moves sharply toward Kansas City midway during its cross-country trip, according to data from tracking website FlightAware.

The FBI’s Kansas City office said in a statement that one person had been detained, but did not provide additional details.

“We are grateful to our crew members, who are constantly dedicated to the safety and care of our customers and who handled conditions with the utmost skill and professionalism,” the airline said.

A few hours later, a second American Airlines flight, which left Phoenix bound for Honolulu, was forced to turn back after what the airline described as “passenger disruption.”

The airline said the plane landed in Phoenix around 6:53 p.m. local time and was met by law enforcement.

“We thank and commend our team for everything they do every day to keep our customers safe while they travel with us,” the airline said in a statement.

Sunday’s two incidents are the latest in a string of turmoil that has prompted Delta Airlines CEO Ed Bastian to call for the creation of No-fly list for travelers who misbehave.

The number of passengers refusing to follow crew members’ instructions has skyrocketed during the pandemic. Many of the cases involve passengers who refuse to follow the requirement to wear masks during flights. While the numbers have fallen in recent months, they remain a concern for unions representing flight attendants, pilots, gate agents and other airline employees.

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According to the latest statistics provided by the Federal Aviation Administration, there have been nearly 400 reports of unruly passenger behavior this year, 255 of which relate to the federal mask mandate. For the week ending January 30, the FAA reported 6.2 incidents of unruly behavior per 10,000 flights.

In 2021, nearly 6,000 incidents of passenger disorderly conduct were reported. While the agency has suggested fines of more than $1 million, it could take months or years to resolve the cases.

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