Last updated: 10:08 AM ET, Fri September 23 2016

Disruptive Passenger Forces Diversion, Charged with Making Terroristic Threat

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | September 23, 2016

Disruptive Passenger Forces Diversion, Charged with Making Terroristic Threat

Photo courtesy of American Airlines

On Thursday, an American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing after one of the passengers onboard rushed the cockpit door and began yelling.

According to, American Airlines Flight 2542 was en route from Ontario, California, to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport when 24-year-old Jerry Nguyen allegedly began banging on the cockpit door.

Witnesses onboard the plane said Nguyen was acting strange before he got out of his seat and began yelling at the cockpit door. Attendants working the flight tried to calm the man down, but several other passengers were forced to take the man to the ground and hold him there until the flight made a safe landing.

The pilot called for an emergency landing after being informed of the situation, and the plane landed at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport at 5:17 a.m. local time. Police boarded the plane and arrested Nguyen.

Nguyen has been charged with making a terroristic threat and is currently jailed in Lubbock County, Texas. After the disruptive passenger was removed by police, the remaining 143 people onboard departed for Dallas/Fort Worth and landed at around 7:12 a.m. local time.


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