A Hawaiian Airlines flight bound for Honolulu, Hawaii from Las Vegas, Nevada got diverted to Los Angeles, California where cops and FBI agents were waiting to swiftly investigate the unruly passenger – but many were surprised to learn that the issue actually stemmed from a $12 blanket!
In an official statement to the press, spokesman for the Los Angeles airport police Officer Rob Pedregon revealed that an unidentified 66-year-old man asked a flight attendant for a blanket as he was feeling cold during the flight.
But when the old man was asked to shell out $12 for the blanket, he refused to give the money and demanded to speak to a corporate representative from the airline.
While details of the dispute and how the flight crew tried to resolve the matter weren’t released to the media, what is known is that the pilot thought the matter constitutes ‘threatening behavior’ and diverted the plane to Los Angeles where the cops were waiting.
Officer Pedregon said, “During the in-flight call he allegedly said ‘I would like to take someone behind the woodshed for this’ and the pilot deemed that to be threatening behavior and ordered that the plane be diverted to Los Angeles.”
But after an investigation held by the police and FBI agents, it was agreed that no crime had been committed. The man chose to voluntarily abandon the flight and catch another one.
Chuckling over the strange and rather trivial circumstances of the flight diversion, Pedregon stated, “You know, if I was a passenger on board that plane I would have paid the $12 dollars for him.”
A number of netizens couldn’t help but comment that the flight crew should have let that old man borrow the blanket for free – for the cost of fuel and the hours of delay were far more expensive and surely cost the airline much, much more than $12!
Airlines can really be unreasonable at times, right?