By Cailey Rizzo
September 24, 2019
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An American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Denver last week because of an unruly passenger who was punching seats, smoking and shouting things like, “You’re all screwed!”

The flight from Arizona to Minnesota made an emergency landing in Denver on Sept. 20. It took off from Phoenix in the afternoon for a three-hour flight and landed in Denver about two hours later. The plane remained in Denver for about an hour while local law enforcement removed the passenger from the aircraft. The flight arrived in Minneapolis about two hours after its scheduled arrival.

“Flight 2408 diverted due to a disruptive passenger,” the airline confirmed in a statement. “Law enforcement met the flight, and the aircraft re-departed.”

About one hour after takeoff, the passenger became disruptive and began punching the seat in front of him. He shouted threats at other passengers and stormed off to the bathroom. TMZ reported that the passenger locked himself in the bathroom and began smoking marijuana.

About 20 minutes after the passenger first became disruptive, the pilot announced that he was diverting the flight. Local police met the flight when it landed and arrested the passenger. They determined that it was a medical emergency “due to the passenger being in crisis” and transported him to the hospital, Denver Police Department spokesperson Jay Casillas told CNN. They did not file charges.

"When we got back on the plane in Denver and continued on to Minneapolis, I don't think anybody said a word," one passenger told CNN.