A Spirit Airlines flight from Houston to Minneapolis diverted to Rochester, Minnesota, because of a medical emergency. A man onboard slipped into a coma during the flight.
A flight delay is one thing, a diversion is another, it raises the stress level of passengers who are going to miss important events at their destination (and with many airlines, connections). But I think we’d all hope that if we needed emergency medical attention that would be the priority, so it requires extra forbearance from everyone on board.
One woman though didn’t see it that way. After landing she “marched up and down the aisle and launched a profanity-laced and threatening tirade.” Things got so bad that “at least one flight attendant was in tears after the incident and that other crew members handed out tissues to passengers who were crying.”
“She was yelling at the two gentlemen that were trying to block her — it was very scary,” Washington told ABC News. “She would just not stop, and as police escorted her off the aircraft continued to remain belligerent.”
“All I could think about was the children on the aircraft — I said a prayer,” Washington added. “You just didn’t know what she was going to do. We were very much scared and shaken by her behavior.”
Here’s video of the incident:
According to Spirit,
On the ground in Rochester, another passenger became erratic and irate and was removed from the aircraft with the assistance of law enforcement. We apologize to our Guests who had to witness this and for the inconvenience of the delay. Safety if our top priority at Spirit Airlines.