FBI: Pro Soccer Players Subdue Naked Man On Flight To LAX
FBI: Members Of Pro Soccer Team Helped Subdue Man
POSTED: 1:33 pm PDT July 18, 2008
UPDATED: 3:39 pm PDT July 18, 2008
LOS ANGELES — American Airlines Flight 725, scheduled to fly nonstop from Boston to Los Angeles on Friday, was diverted to Oklahoma City after a disruptive passenger took his clothes off and had to be subdued by members of a professional soccer team.
American Airlines told KNBC that a passenger exited a bathroom without his clothes. Personnel told him to return to the bathroom and put his clothes back, which he did.
He returned to his seat, but then got up and allegedly tried to open an exit door, according to the FBI.
Members of the New England Revolution professional soccer team, who were aboard the Friday afternoon flight, helped subdue the man, according to the FBI.
The man was then restrained with flexible handcuff, an official said.
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The plane, which was due to land at 2:05 p.m. at Los Angeles International Airport, landed in Oklahoma City, where the disruptive passenger was handed over to local law enforcement authorities, an airline spokesperson said.
The plane refueled and took off for Los Angeles, where it was expected to arrive at LAX shortly after 3 p.m.
The man, whose name was not immediately released, was undergoing a mental evaluation, NBC affiliate KFOR-TV reported.
As if the industry didnt have enough problems!