A Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Kansas City, Mo., was diverted Tuesday morning after a passenger allegedly tried to break into the cockpit.
The plane left Los Angeles International Airport at 10:40 a.m. and was most of the way to its destination when the flight crew made an emergency call to the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport in Texas requesting emergency clearance to land.
The crew of the jet reported that the flight was interrupted when a male passenger tried to break into the cockpit.
After landing, the passenger, Ali Reza Shahsavari, 29, was arrested by federal authorities on a charge of interference with a flight crew. He was booked into the Randall County Jail in Canyon, where he awaited an appearance before a magistrate.
Flight 3683 was en route from Los Angeles to Kansas City when Shahsavari reportedly began creating a scene.
Passenger Doug Oerding told the Amarillo Globe-News that the man started screaming obscenities at other passengers during the flight. “All of us guys were looking at him like are we going to have to do something,” Oerding said.
After a delay of just over an hour, the Southwest flight continued on to Kansas City.
The FBI said initial indications were that the incident did not appear to be terrorism related.