Passenger acting 'erratic’ on Orlando flight taken to hospital, officials say

ORLANDO, Fla. — A man was taken to a hospital on Thursday after officials said he was acting erratically on a flight from Orlando to Philadelphia.

Officials said the man was making unusual statements about wanting to enter the cockpit, and flight attendants notified the captain who arranged for police to meet the plane when it landed.

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The airline said the cabin crew monitored the passenger, who remained seated for the remainder of the flight. The airline said he did not “actively attempt to breach” the cockpit door at any time. The plane landed without incident and the passenger was taken to a hospital.

Investigators said the man did not use any force during the incident and that no injuries were reported nor were any weapons recovered.

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American Airlines released the following statement on the incident:

“While on approach into Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), the crew onboard flight 2392 traveling from Orlando (MCO) became aware of a customer exhibiting erratic behavior and making alarming statements. The cabin crew took precautionary measures and monitored the customer who remained seated for the remainder of the flight. Upon arrival at the gate, Philadelphia Police met the aircraft and placed the individual in custody.”

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.