Unruly passenger on Detroit-bound plane detained

AP News
Posted: Oct 04, 2011 8:06 PM
Unruly passenger on Detroit-bound plane detained

Delta Air Lines said federal officials detained a man who became disruptive on an Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight on Tuesday.

Airline spokeswoman Susan Elliott said the man "was quickly restrained" and taken into custody when Flight 235 landed at Detroit Metropolitan Airport about 4 p.m.

Her statement didn't describe how the man was disruptive, how he was restrained or who restrained him.

Michael Patrick Shiels, the broadcast host of a show called Michigan's Morning Show on the Michigan Talk Network, said he was seated across the aisle from the man who was restrained on the flight. Shiels said some men were standing around talking to the passenger with about three hours left in the flight. The passenger, whom he described as white and in his 30s, was then handcuffed and buckled into his seat.

"And that's when he started to get really loud," Shiels said. "He started yelling about the plane being hijacked, and he was kicking the door. He was asking the air marshals to shoot him. The word `terrorism' came out a couple of times. He wanted them to fight."

The incident occurred on the same day jury selection began in Detroit in the federal trial of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian man accused of trying to bring down an Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight with a bomb in his underwear on Christmas 2009.

FBI spokeswoman Sandra Berchtold said she wasn't aware of any connection between the man detained Tuesday and the Abdulmutallab trial.