Angry passenger kicked off plane after being told blankets cost £10

Mar 10, 2017, 00:33
Angry passenger kicked off plane after being told blankets cost £10

The Las Vegas plane, bound for Hawaii, was diverted to LAX Wednesday morning to drop off the irate passenger, who requested a blanket and then refused to pay its $12 cost, Los Angeles airport police told CBS.

A man was removed from a Hawaiian Airlines flight in southern California after becoming upset that a blanket on the flight cost $12.


Witnesses said he took offence at the price and said he should be allowed to have it for free as it was cold, the NY Daily News reported.

The man asked crew members for the number to corporate.

"During the in-flight call he allegedly said "I would like to take someone behind the woodshed for this" and the pilot deemed that to be threatening behaviour and ordered that the plane be diverted to Los Angeles", he said.

Pedregon said airport police and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents met the flight at LAX and escorted the passenger off the plane. The man caught another flight to Hawaii on Thursday, Pedregon said.

Pedregon said the incident may not be the oddest he has handled "but it ranks right up there".

Hawaiian Airlines spokeswoman Alison Croyle said, "We don't know the demeanor of the passenger, what was said, or the tone".

At Las Vegas' McCarren International Airport, Enriques said he saw Hawaiian Airlines personnel speaking to the passenger, who appeared to be in his late 60s or early 70s and had white hair.

The flight departed Los Angeles a few hours later. The man was not charged with any offense and boarded another flight.

"I thought it was ridiculous", traveler Eileen Berstrom said. "First of all, it costs $12,000 for them to land here, and it's a $12 blanket".