Hawaii-bound flight diverted after man gets upset over cost of blanket


A man who caused a Hawaiian Airlines flight to be diverted after he refused to pay $12 for a blanket, was caught on video as police officers escorted him off the plane.

Witnesses said he took offence at the price and said he should be allowed to have it for free as it was cold, the NY Daily News reported.

Airline officials then ordered the flight diverted to Los Angeles International Airport for an "unruly passenger".

The flight, which was reportedly delayed for four hours, landed in Los Angeles where the man was removed by police and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.

"After questioning the parties involved, we determined no crime was committed, and there was no direct threat", Authorities told CNN.

It this case, it seems a chilly cabin - and a dispute over cold, hard cash - sparked a heated exchange Wednesday between a passenger and an employee of Hawaiian Airlines. "I'm going to call the president", Enriques said.

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"(The crew) took offense to the statement that he made.

A flight attendant told Enriques that the male passenger in 42A had threatened the pilot, not a flight attendant, Enriques told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

"I thought it was ridiculous", traveler Eileen Berstrom said. "The thing we were most upset about was when we got off the plane, when they deplaned us after sitting for an hour, we talked to one of the staff and we asked them what we would do next, and we were not given a lot of information".

Even so, the airline stuck by its decision to reroute the flight.

Cellphone footage of the incident showed the man saying that all the "illegals" should be kicked off the plane, moments before he and a woman were asked to collect their belongings and exit the aircraft.