Passenger causes plane to divert after he's charged $12 for a blanket

Posted March 10, 2017

The flight was from Las Vegas in Nevada to Hawaii but was diverted to Los Angeles airport because of the passenger's antics.

Los Angeles International Airport police said a 66-year-old man on Hawaiian Airlines Flight 7 was cold and "became unruly" over a $12 blanket fee.

Witnesses said the man argued he should not have to pay for a blanket because it was so cold.

When the man (pictured) was told he would have to fork out $12 for the blanket, the unidentified man got upset and demanded to speak to a corporate representative from the airline.

After police and federal authorities took the man into the terminal, they determined he was not a threat and released him without filing charges.

He was allowed to book another flight to his destination.

Four hours later, the plane was back in the sky.

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Pedregon said the incident may not be the oddest he has handled "but it ranks right up there". Based on the information they are provided, the call has to be made immediately: "What is best for the crew and the passengers on board?"

"Diverting a flight is clearly not our first choice, but our crew felt it was necessary in this case to divert to Los Angeles and deplane the passenger before beginning to fly over the Pacific Ocean".

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.

Data from the Flight Radar 24 website shows that the diverted flight later continued on to Honolulu following its unscheduled LA stop.

But not all passengers agreed with the airline's decision.

"I thought it was ridiculous", Eileen Berstrom, another passenger, told CBS News.