Southwest flight diverted after woman attempts to open door

Troy Powers
June 27, 2017

A Southwest flight into Houston had to divert and land at another airport after a passenger reportedly tried to open an emergency exit mid-flight, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Some passengers claimed that the woman had been behaving strangely at the gate before the flight from Los Angeles.

Terrance Franklin, a passenger on the flight, said the suspect passenger, a young woman, spent the initial hours of the flight standing in the aisle occasionally yelling until some airplane staff met her to mediate.

Kirsty Gillentine wrote that an off-duty police officer had stopped an "erratic passenger from allegedly trying to open emergency exit". "Erratic passenger never should have been allowed on flight". The officer got the combative woman's hands behind her back, stood her up and had her walk away from the door.

A Cleveland ISD police officer, Pamela Michew, was on board the flight and was traveling with her children from Sacramento.

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"As my kids say, I used my 'mommy voice, ' so I did command presence", Minchew said. The person is in custody and being questioned by law enforcement. "If she hadn't acted so quickly, things could have gone very differently".

Meant to arrive in Houston at 1:35pm, Flight 4519 was delayed for two-and-a-half hours before finally touching down at Hobby Airport around 4pm.

Video apparently showing the female passenger being removed from the plane has surfaced on Twitter.

Passengers who witnessed the incident were held aside for questioning, she said, while others ate pizza in the airport provided by the airplane pilot.

Because the incident happened in the air, it falls under the jurisdiction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.