An American Airlines flight from Phoenix to New York City was forced to make an emergency landing on Tuesday after a passenger made a series of disturbingly violent threats.
According to Daily Mail, Flight 622 departed Phoenix at 4:40pm yesterday, and it carried 128 passengers (including two infants) and six crew members. About an hour and a half into the flight, a stewardess announced that there was a security concern from a disruptive passenger, and the pilot then contacted air traffic control at Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport in Wichita, Kansas requesting an emergency landing.
The New York indie rock band the Augustines were on the flight, and they Tweeted about the intense ordeal.
They also tweeted a photo of airport police talking to a male passenger on the plane.
The suspect has been identified as Jason Baroletti, 38, of Holbrook, New York, and he was removed from the flight and booked into the Sedgwick County Jail. He is now facing a federal count of criminal threat, cause terror, and evacuation or disruption.
After Baroletti’s arrest, the plane continued to New York with just a forty minute delay, arriving just before midnight.