A man has been detained on a United Airlines flight after attempting to stab a flight attendant and open the emergency door midair.
33-year-old Francisco Severo Torres was arrested and charged with interference with members of a flight crew after brandishing his weapon midair on United Airlines Flight 2609 on Sunday.
According to the reports, the plant was on its way from Los Angeles to Boston when the man confronted attempted to open the emergency door.
After the crew noticed the door’s lever was moved out of its fully-locked position, the flight attendants informed the captain about their find and warned that Torres appears to be a threat.
That’s when the 33-year-old stood up and confronted two crew members by making stabbing motions with a spoon and striking one staff in the neck three times.
Fortunately, the crew and fellow passengers moved in to restrain the man before he could injure anyone.
“The person is detained, attempted opening of an external emergency door,” the plane’s captain was heard telling air traffic control in an audio that emerged after the flight.
“That person was subdued and is being detained right now – however, he’s not going quietly: he’s just lying there with six able bodies on top of him.”
Following the successful landing, Torres was arrested and banned from United Airlines flights.
The airline also praised the crew and the passengers who helped resolve the issue.
“Thanks to the quick action of our crew and customers, one customer was restrained after becoming a security concern on a flight from Los Angeles to Boston,” their statement read.
“The flight landed safely and was met by law enforcement. No serious injuries were reported.”
United added: “We have zero tolerance for any type of violence on our flights, and this customer will be banned from flying on United pending an investigation. We are cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation.”
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