An off-duty Cleveland ISD police officer tackled a passenger who tried to open an emergency exit during a flight to Houston on Sunday, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing in Corpus Christi.
Flight 4519 was headed to William P. Hobby Airport in Houston when the captain of the flight was notified of a potential threat.
Passenger Henrietta Mokwuah told news station ABC13 that after pacing up and down the aisle, the woman "tore off a piece" of the emergency exit door. They added she shouted outbursts at Los Angeles International Airport while awaiting the flight, and questioned why she was permitted to fly.
Videos show the passenger being taken off the plane, walking backward with police officers walking both in front and behind her. The flight interrupted by a disruptive passenger trying to open the emergency exit occurred on a 737-800.
A passenger on the plane said that the woman was behaving erratically throughout Sunday's morning flight. After a 5-hour delay in Corpus Christi, it arrived safely in Houston.
"She was still allowed on the plane".
"Then all I saw was the look of fright in the flight attendant's face, and I knew something was going on", she said.
The FBI is on the scene investigating the incident, according to the Corpus Christi International Airport. "She ended up breaking it off", Mokwuah said. On the other side of the world passengers on board an Air Asia flight were told by their pilot to pray as the plane started shaking uncontrollably.
The woman's behavior drew attention even before she had boarded the flight at the airport, a passenger recounted: "It was weird, something like you see on TV". "If she hadn't acted so quickly, things could have gone very differently".