A flight to Los Angeles was diverted to Salt Lake City on Tuesday afternoon due to an unruly passenger.
Virgin Atlantic flight VS 141, which departed from London’s Heathrow Airport, made an emergency touchdown at Salt Lake International Airport at round 4 p.m. native time. The passenger was taken into custody, KUTV reported, citing airport officers.
The passenger had been restrained by different passengers and members of the flight’s crew, police informed Newsweek.
“At approximately 4:30 p.m. MT on July 26 2022, SLC Airport Division Police were called to respond to a Virgin Atlantic flight that was diverted into [Salt Lake City] due to an unruly passenger onboard a Virgin Atlantic flight who had been physically detained by other passengers and flight crew members,” Salt Lake City Police mentioned.
The plane resumed its journey and landed in Los Angeles simply earlier than 8 p.m. native time, a spokesperson for Virgin Atlantic informed Newsweek.
“Due to a disruptive passenger onboard flight VS141 operating from London Heathrow to Los Angeles on Tuesday 26 July, the aircraft diverted to Salt Lake City to be met by police authorities,” the spokesperson mentioned.
“The safety and well-being of our customers and crew is always our top priority and we don’t tolerate any behavior that compromises this. We always want our customers to have the best experience when they fly with us and our cabin crew are highly trained to deal with any individuals that may impact that experience for others.”
“We apologize for the inconvenience caused to customers onboard.”
In a press release to Newsweek, a spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration mentioned: “Virgin Atlantic Flight 141, a Boeing 787-9, landed safely at Salt Lake City International Airport around 4:30 p.m. local time after the crew reported a passenger disturbance on board.
“The flight departed London Heathrow International Airport and was headed to Los Angeles International Airport when it diverted. Please contact native legislation enforcement or the airline for extra particulars.”
Salt Lake City Airport has been contacted for comment.
Since January, the FAA has proposed fines totaling about $2 million for disruptive passengers.
The FAA announced the highest fines issued under its zero-tolerance policy in April.
They included a fine of $81,950 to a passenger on an American Airlines flight in July flight who allegedly pushed a flight attendant aside and tried to open the cabin door. The passenger allegedly spat at, head butted and tried to kick the crew add other passengers even after she was restrained in flex cuffs.