A female passenger went into a profane and angry rant after her Spirit Airlines flight from Houston had to make an emergency landing in Rochester, Minnesota.
Stephanie Calder described the passenger’s outburst to KHOU:
I was thinking I need to protect my 15-year-old daughter (who was headed to Detroit for a volleyball tournament).
I (was just) worried (the angry passenger was) going to go even more irate and so I just put my back toward my daughter and shielded my daughter in case this woman decided to.
I was one row behind the emergency exit door. Now, we were landed but who knows what this woman could have done.
The attendant thought that he was just sleeping but he was actually in a coma.
Calder said that when the plane landed paramedics called police for back up:
All of a sudden that’s where the lady came running from the back of the plane. She started saying she’s not going to calm down and wanted off the plane and such.
The female passenger was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation. Police were told that she is a military veteran battling PTSD.
Derek Dombrowski, a spokesman for Spirit Airlines, released a statement:
This morning a flight from Houston to Minneapolis had to land in Rochester, Minnesota due to a Guest experiencing a medical emergency.
On the ground in Rochester, another passenger became erratic and irate and was removed from the aircraft with the assistance of law enforcement.
We apologize to our guests who had to witness this and for the inconvenience of the delay. Safety (is) our top priority at Spirit Airlines.
(Source: KHOU, Photo Credit: Chanti Washington)