An American Airlines flight made an emergency landing at the Albuquerque International Sunport earlier this week after experiencing an in-flight incident from a father who threatened flight crews after refusing to manage his children who were running up and down the aisles.
According to multiple news reports, the Los Angeles-bound Airbus A321 flight originated in Charlotte North Carolina on Monday and was forced to divert to Albuquerque International Sunport to remove an unruly passenger and his family.
As noted by one news outlet, the incident appears to have started with unruly children being allowed to run up and down the aisles, unchecked. After multiple complaints by passengers, the flight crew intervened, confronting the mother and father.
However, the father appears to have not taken this kindly, becoming irate and, at one point, threatening the male flight attendant saying, “I have your information. I will find you and shoot you.”
At this point, the flight attendant contacted the captain who made the decision to conduct an emergency landing in Albuquerque. After landing at 10:25PM, the plane was met by local authorities who took the man into custody.
According to other passengers on the plane, the family of six was difficult from the outset having not booked their seats together and causing a bit of drama while boarding as they attempted to swap seats with other passengers to get their family together.
After the frustrating delay, the flight resumed and arrived at its final destination, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) later that evening.
The issue was referred to the FBI for further investigation.