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American Airlines Flight Diverted to Wichita After Passenger Allegedly Makes Threats to 'Kill People


"Bad scene."

Image source: Twitter

WICHITA, Kan. (TheBlaze/AP) -- American Airlines says a flight from Phoenix to New York was diverted to Wichita, Kansas, after a passenger became disruptive.

American Airlines says Flight 622 from Phoenix to New York was sent to Wichita on Tuesday evening because of the unruly passenger. The airline said in an email Wednesday that law enforcement met the flight and took the passenger into custody.

"Whoa. Emergency landing in Witchita. Passenger threatening the plane that he wants to kill people. Bad scene," one person, who claimed to be on the plane, tweeted.

He said the passenger was "wandering down the aisles" and that the incident happened at the front of the plane.

The social media user added that officials were checking trash cans and bathrooms while the suspect was being removed.

The airline did not provide details about the nature of the disruption nor identify the passenger.

Wichita airport police Lt. Lloyd Youel says the FBI interviewed the passenger before he was booked into the Sedgwick County jail on a "related charge." He would not describe the charge or the passenger's identity.

The flight left Wichita a few hours later and landed in New York shortly before midnight Tuesday.

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