- A Southwest Airlines passenger forced a flight to land after smoking in one of the plane’s bathrooms.
- Southwest told Business Insider that the passenger was met by law enforcement and turned over to local authorities after the flight landed.
- The passenger was not arrested.
A Southwest Airlines passenger forced a flight to land after smoking in one of the plane’s bathrooms.
Flight 1250 was travelling from San Francisco to Los Angeles but diverted to San Jose Mineta International Airport after a passenger allegedly smoked in the lavatory, Southwest Airlines told Business Insider in a statement. The airline said the passenger was met by law enforcement and turned over to local authorities after the flight landed.
The passenger was not arrested, the San Jose Police Department told Business Insider.
A prior version of this story cited reports that the substance the Southwest passenger smoked was marijuana, but the San Jose Police Department told Business Insider those reports were inaccurate.
Earlier this month, a Delta passenger who consumed edible marijuana before a flight in July was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of assault on an aircraft and one count of interfering with a flight-crew member. During the flight, the passenger reportedly tried to open an exit door and assaulted a flight attendant and another passenger.
Also in May, a flight attendant on one of United Airlines’ regional carriers, Trans States Airlines, was reportedly “drunk or stoned” on a flight. A Twitter user wrote that the flight attendant was “drunk and disorderly” and “belligerent.”
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