To-Hawaii flight diverted to Los Angeles after dispute over blanket fee

Tracy FergusonMar 10, 2017

According to the preliminary investigation, the flight had taken off from Las Vegas when the man told a flight attendant that he was cold and he requested a blanket, Pedregon said.

A Hawaiian Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Honolulu was diverted Wednesday after a passenger got upset over being charged for a blanket, police said.

No crime had been committed, police added.

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The plane took off and was in the air when a 66-year-old male passenger became cold and asked if he could have a blanket. Two officers escorted the man off the plane, and a subsequent investigation determined that "no credible threats were made and no laws were broken", according to the newspaper. "I'm going to call the president".

But one passenger, who was sat across the aisle from the man, was told by staff the man had threatened the pilot.

Our flight crews are responsible for the safety and comfort of all passengers on board our flights and the Captain in charge of the aircraft is entrusted with determining when it's best to deplane an anxious or unruly passenger.

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While there was no physical altercation, crew members refused service and the pilot made the decision to dump fuel in order to land at LAX at 10:15 a.m., police said. The airline described the man as an "unruly passenger".

"I thought it was ridiculous", witness Eileen Bernstrom told the news station.

Cellphone footage of the incident showed the man saying that all the "illegals" should be kicked off the plane, moments before he and a woman were asked to collect their belongings and exit the aircraft.

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