It must be a day ending in “y” because we have yet another unruly passenger incident. This example caused a flight to divert and make an emergency landing when three intoxicated passengers became unruly and refused to wear masks.
Early Thursday morning, an AeroMéxico Flight numbered 617 diverted to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The Mexico City-bound flight had originated in Toronto but was forced to make an emergency landing after three passengers were so intoxicated they became unruly and refused to wear their face masks.
According to local news reports, after observing the intoxicated passengers, the flight attendant informed them to finish up their beverages and they were no longer allowed to consume any further alcohol.
The three passengers then became angry, rude and very confrontational. The flight attendant then alerted the captain of the flight who made the decision to divert to the Houston Airport (IAH).
After landing, the plane was met by local authorities and according to a CNN news report, two of the passengers were taken to the Houston Sobering Facility – apparently a place where intoxicated people can sober up without facing charges. The third passenger apparently had a no-entry order against him in the United States and was subsequently left in the custody of the US Customs and Border Patrol.
The CNN report further noted that no charges were filed against the passengers – all of which were Canadian nationals.