A passenger tried to open the door of a plane midflight, causing an emergency landing in Memphis, late Monday. AirTran Flight 265 was in flight to Austin, Texas, departing from Baltimore when an unruly passenger tried to open a door in the rear of the plane, prompting the pilot to divert the flight to Memphis, according to Reuters on Aug. 20.
An email from Southwest Airlines Company spokesperson Brad Hawkins reported that the flight had been "safely diverted" to Austin, Texas on Monday. He also said that he understood there was one unruly passenger out of the 120 passengers on board. AirTran is a unit of Southwest Airlines.
When the plane landed in Memphis, the passengers were taken off the plane so they could be interviewed, reports John Greaud, vice president of operations at Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. Authorities also needed to check the aircraft after the man was set on exiting the plane in mid-flight.
The man who caused the commotion did not seem to be intoxicated. The FBI detained the man for about two hours. It is not known if this man will face charges as the FBI is working with airport officials to determine if charges should be filed. While the incident caused somewhat of a delay for passengers, the plane later completed its flight to Austin, Texas.