United States passenger 'tried to open door' mid-flight to Houston

A flight to Houston from Los Angeles, California was diverted to Corpus Christi, Texas on Sunday after a woman reportedly tried to open an emergency exit door and jump out of the plane. The Corpus Christi International Airport said the FBI is investigating the incident, according to the Dallas Morning News.

However, passengers have taken to Twitter to question why the woman was allowed to board when she was creating a disturbance before boarding the plane.

After landing, local authorities met at the aircraft at the gate and removed the disruptive passenger.

An off-duty police officer from a Texas school district stopped the passenger from trying to open the emergency exit with the help of another person on the flight, according to news station KTRK.

Witnesses said the woman "tore off" parts of the emergency exit door when she tried to force it open. "She had no choice but to identify herself as a law enforcement officer and take immediate action", Cleveland ISD Police Chief Rex Evans said late Sunday after speaking with Michenow.

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Then he heard a ruckus, looked back down the plane and saw another passenger subduing the woman.

Passengers disembarked and were on the ground for four hours in Corpus Christi.

Passengers on Southwest Airlines Flight 4519 said a woman was shouting outbursts at Los Angeles International Airport before departure, yelling that she needed her medication and was being mistreated by the government.

A former ABC13 producer was on the flight and got video of officers removing the disruptive passenger. Due to the fact that the plane was in the air when the incident happened, they'll be investigating the matter.

  • Ronnie Bowen