Five passengers on a United Airlines flight tackled a “disruptive” passenger who attempted to dart from her seat to the cockpit over the weekend.
About 25 minutes into the 45-minute flight from Houston to New Orleans on Saturday night, a woman in the back row of the aircraft began pounding on the walls and shouting, “We are all protected and loved! We are all protected and loved! This plane is going to land beautifully and kindly!” a passenger told local news channel KTRK.
The woman then leaped out of her seat and dashed towards the cockpit.
Five fellow passengers — one of whom was a pilot seated as a passenger — tackled the woman to the floor. One of the passengers who subdued the woman said “it wasn’t easy” as she was “very aggressive.” Flight attendants used zip-tie handcuffs to restrain the woman for the remainder of the flight.
The flight left the gate at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport at 10:18 p.m. and arrived back at 11:02. United confirmed that the passenger was removed from the flight at Houston and taken into custody of law enforcement. The flight took off again at 12:34 a.m. and landed in New Orleans 42 minutes later, about two hours after their scheduled arrival.
About 100 passengers were onboard for the entire incident.
“We thank our customers for their patience, and our crew for their professional actions,” United said in a statement.