A flight from London to Los Angeles on Tuesday was forced to divert from its intended flight path due to an unruly passenger.
Virgin Atlantic flight 141 took off from London Heathrow Airport in the United Kingdom but was forced to land before its anticipated destination of Los Angeles International Airport in the United States after the passenger’s disturbance.
In a statement to the outlet, a Virgin Atlantic spokesperson said that the aircraft was diverted to Salt Lake City, where the disruptive passenger was taken into custody.
Witnesses told The Sun that the man lashed out during an “altercation”, alleging that he had tried to “kick out the windows” of the plane before he was handcuffed by some US Marines who were also on the flight.
The aircraft resumed its journey and landed in Los Angeles just before 8pm (local time), Newsweek reported. The flight was four hours behind schedule.
“The safety and well-being of our customers and crew is always our top priority and we don’t tolerate any behaviour 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,” the airline reportedly said.