Hawaii-bound flight diverted to LAX after dispute over cost of blanket
Mar 09 2017 by Desiree Burns
A Hawaiian Airlines passenger got booted off a flight Wednesday after he threatened to "take someone behind the woodshed" and refused to pay $12 for a blanket, officials said.
The man became upset and said he shouldn't have to pay because it was cold, he said.
It landed in Los Angeles at 10:23 a.m.
Da Silva said the plane will be refueled and will land in Honolulu later today, but he did not know exactly when.
That's when he was told there would be a $12 charge, and he allegedly made remarks that made flight attendants uncomfortable, Pedregon said. The man was escorted off the plane. Passengers onboard Flight 7 are still at LAX as they await instructions on how the flight to Honolulu will be completed.
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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. According to police, he then said, "I'd like to take someone behind the wood shed for this".
According to the tracking site FlightAware.com, the flight departed around 6:44 a.m. Hawaii time and was in the air for about two hours, even making it over the Pacific Ocean, before turning around and landing in Los Angeles. They chose to land the plane in Los Angeles.
A flight attendant later told the passengers that the plane had to divert "due to operational reasons" and that law enforcement officers would board the plane.