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Passenger escorted off flight after complaining about paying £10 for BLANKET to keep him warm

Mirror logo Mirror 2017-03-09 Rachel Bishop

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc A 66-year-old passenger has been escorted off a plane following a row about the price of an in-flight blanket, it is reported.

FBI officers stormed the Hawaii-bound aircraft after it made an emergency landing at Los Angeles Airport in California, US.

The man, who has not been named, had reportedly complained about being charged $12 (£9.85) for a blanket to keep him warm.

He allegedly told staff he wanted to take "somebody behind the woodshed over this," before the flight from Las Vegas was diverted.

Hawaiian Airlines flight #7 was delayed for four hours as a result of the incident, according to local media.

The plane was just a few miles off the Southern California coast when the passenger asked for a blanket, officials say.

When he was told he would be charged $12, he said he shouldn't have to pay because it was cold, according to Los Angeles Airport police.

Witnesses onboard said the man became upset and asked for the phone number to Hawaiian corporate headquarters to complain.

According to police, he then said: “I’d like to take someone behind the wood shed for this.”

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The pilot then made the decision to dump fuel so he could land the flight at LAX airport at 10.15am local time.

One passenger, Eileen Berstrom, told CBS: “I thought it was ridiculous - it costs $12,000 for them to land here, and it’s a $12 blanket.”

After officers escorted the man off the plane, they determined he wasn't a risk.

The reportedly let him board another flight to Hawaii with a different airline.

Los Angeles Airport Police spokesman Rob Pedegro said: “It was just a complaint about a blanket, about the cost of the blanket.

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“They provided him with it and (then) he said, ‘I’d really like to take somebody behind the woodshed over this.’

“They diverted the aircraft because of that statement.”

Pedegro added “he was not arrested, not charged.

“He was just removed from the plane. No criminal charges. No charges by the FBI. None by us.”

Hawaiian Airlines spokesman Alex Da Silva said: “Diverting a flight is clearly not our first choice, but our crew felt it was necessary in this case to divert to Los Angeles and deplane the passenger before beginning to fly over the Pacific Ocean.”

Flight #7 eventually left LAX and arrived in Honolulu, nearly four hours behind schedule.


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