An “unruly” passenger who forced an unscheduled landing at Kansas City International airport on Monday night was apparently intoxicated and refused to stop using the aircraft’s overhead compartments to do pull-ups, according to Boston-area news outlets.
The flight — American Airlines flight 2763 — was en route from Phoenix to Boston when it made an unscheduled landing in Kansas City about 7:45 p.m. because of the passenger’s behavior, according to a KCI spokesman.
Boston’s local CBS affiliate, WBZ-TV, reported the man was already intoxicated when he boarded the flight with a woman and two dogs.
“He was leaning up against where you put the bags overhead and a passenger came by and said ‘What are you going to do, some pull ups?’ and the guy actually grabbed on to it and started doing some pull ups on the plane in front of everybody,” one passenger told WBZ-TV.
The man then reportedly ordered more beer and alcohol while continuing to do pull-ups. Flight attendants eventually asked him “three or four times” to sit down.
The passenger refused and “really got verbally abusive,” calling the flight attendant names.
After the plane landed, the man was escorted off the flight and off KCI property but was not arrested or charged, according to the FBI.
The flight then continued on from Kansas City about 9:45 p.m., landing in Boston shortly after 1 a.m.