A Spirit Airlines plane bound for Los Angeles was diverted to Denver on Wednesday when a passenger apparently tried to open an exit door during the flight.
Video from another passenger on Spirit Airlines Flight 185 showed passengers and crew members holding the man near the departure gate. A passenger, who asked not to be identified, told NBCLA that the man came out of the bathroom shirtless and tried to open the exit door.
Later, the video showed the man being held in a seat by another man.
Authorities removed the passenger from the plane, which was departing from Cleveland in Denver. The flight continued to Los Angeles International Airport after a delay and arrived after midnight.
“It is important to note that it is impossible to open a door during flight due to the air pressure within the cabin holding the door against its frame with a force stronger than anyone could overcome,” Spirit Airlines said in a statement. “Safety is our number one priority at Spirit Airlines. Law enforcement met the plane in Denver and detained the passenger. We thank the crew members and guests who helped by handling this situation quickly prior to arrival. “
In another video, the same passenger is shown on a stretcher being transported by paramedics inside the Denver airport. The paramedics were accompanied by an individual dressed in Transportation Security Administration clothing.
The identity of the passenger was not immediately available. More details on what led to the flight disruption were not immediately available.