SAN DIEGO – A flight to San Diego made an emergency detour Thursday to Denver after a passenger “flipped out,” according to a fellow passenger.
The woman became increasing angry after another passenger moved into an open seat that had extra leg room, said Melissa Carrion, who was sitting in a nearby aisle seat. The woman allegedly paid an extra $65 to get the upgraded seat and was upset that the other passenger was sitting there with no penalty.
“She flipped out and started yelling at him and the passenger that took the seat,” Carrion said. “She was pissed because he had not originally paid to sit there.”
The JetBlue Flight 185 from JFK International Airport in New York City was expected to land in San Diego at 8:10 p.m. The aircraft was detoured to Denver International Airport where it landed at 7:15 p.m.
“The flight attendants tried their best, but she was out of control and was escorted off the plane,” Carrion said.
Passengers applauded when local law enforcement officers escorted the woman off of the plane in Denver.
Fight 185 left Denver, without the unruly woman, and landed in San Diego shortly after 10:30 p.m.