A flight was diverted after a man tried to open an exterior door on a passenger jet and caused a midflight scare, forcing the jet to land and evacuate passengers, reports The Associated Press on Aug. 20.
An AirTran flight on its way to Austin from Baltimore on Monday was forced to make an emergency landing in Memphis, Tenn. after a man attempted to force open the emergency exit door in the rear of the plane.
The man, whose name has not been released, was detained by the FBI for questioning after the other passengers deplaned.
A Southwest Airlines spokesman, Brad Hawkins, commented on the emergency landing and called the man “unruly.”
“AirTran flight 265 from BWI I AUS safely diverted to MEM this evening. I also understand there was an unruly customer among the 120 onboard (+ crew of 5),” Hawkins wrote in an email.
John Greaud, Memphis Shelby County Airport Authority’s vice president of operations, said that the man was cooperative with authorities and did not appear to be drunk or under the influence of any substances.
After the ground delay, the flight resumed to its original destination. The FBI has yet to say if any charges will be filed. No injuries were reported.