JetBlue flight forced to change course after man bites other passengers

An airplane was forced to reroute after a man began biting other passengers on board. According to CBS, the JetBlue flight, headed to Los Angeles from New York, was diverted to Las Vegas where the man was taken into police custody.

Passengers told the outlet the disturbance began as they flew over Utah. The man reportedly began biting his seatmates, whom he’s thought to have known, and hitting others aboard the plane.

Doctors on the flight attempted to intervene, examining the out-of-control passenger, but were attacked. Another person aboard the plane told CBS he jumped in, helping to hold the biter back.

“I grabbed his hands behind his back and held him there while the flight attendants put the restraints on him,” the man, identified as Tom, told the publication.

“At that point, he started yelling and tried to come towards the flight attendant, behind me, at the time. I really had a hell of a time keeping him in place there.”

In a statement to CBS, JetBlue confirmed that after the plane landed in Las Vegas and the man had been removed from the aircraft, “Remaining customers resumed their scheduled flight to New York without further incident.”

It’s unclear what caused the man’s outburst.


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