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Two American Airlines planes hijacked due to disruption to passengers


  • Two American Airlines flights were diverted on Sunday due to passenger disruptions.
  • Flight 1775 from Los Angeles to Washington DC was diverted to Kansas City.
  • Flight 694 from Phoenix to Honolulu was forced to return to Phoenix.

Two American Airlines flights were diverted on Sunday due to passenger disruptions.

In the first incident, American Airlines Flight 1775 from Los Angeles to Washington DC had to be diverted to Kansas City after an “unruly passenger” displayed “erratic behavior”, the carrier told Insider.

The man told flight attendants that “people were trying to hurt him and they followed him on the plane,” according to CNN, citing an affidavit from the incident. He also told them “he heard the individuals hurting his family over the phone,” according to CNN, citing the affidavit.

The passenger was identified as Juan Remberto Rivas, 50, of Los Angeles, California, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

At one point, Rivas grabbed a small bottle of champagne by the neck and attempted to smash it onto the serving cart counter, according to the DOJ, and began “kicking and pushing the serving cart.” service in one of the flight attendants”.

He was trying to open an exit door when he was overpowered by several flight attendants and passengers, the statement said.

Mouaz Moustafa, a passenger on the flight, posted photos of the disruption.

“A flight attendant used a coffee maker to repeatedly hit a middle-aged man who was trying to open the plane door,” he tweeted.

American Airlines said the flight landed safely at Kansas City International Airport in the afternoon and was met by law enforcement.

Rivas was charged with one count of assaulting and intimidating a flight attendant and interfering with a flight attendant’s duties, the DOJ added. If found guilty, he faces up to 20 years in prison.

In the second flight disruption incident on Sunday, American Airlines Flight 694 from Phoenix to Honolulu returned to Phoenix “due to passenger disruption”. The carrier did not give details of the incident, but said the flight landed safely in the evening and was met by law enforcement upon arrival.

The incidents come as major US airlines and unions are working with the Biden administration on a nationwide no-fly list, Bloomberg reported Monday, citing two people familiar with the issue.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it received 5,981 reports of unruly passengers in 2021. According to the FAA, more than two-thirds of incidents in 2021 were due to disputes over face masks.



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