A flight was diverted Monday due to a man who was “acting suicidal” and trying to open the emergency exit door midflight. According to Fox News on Aug. 20, the flight was diverted after a man, who was saying things to other passengers about not wanting to live anymore, was attempting to open the back exit door. Luckily there were some members of the military onboard who restrained the man and sat with him for the remainder of the flight.
The AirTran flight departed from Baltimore and was on its way to Austin, Texas, when this incident happened. This prompted the pilot to divert the flight to Memphis, where the man was taken off the plane and detained by police. He was evaluated by FBI and TSA, but no charges have been filed as of yet. The other passengers were also interviewed by police in Memphis while the plane was checked over for safety.
The man did not seem intoxicated and he did not appear unruly at the time of his arrest, the passengers report.
The passengers got back on the plane and it continued to Austin after a two-hour delay at Memphis. The passenger jet had 120 people and five crew members onboard.