A Hawaiian Airlines flight heading to South Korea Wednesday night was forced to return to Honolulu after a passenger on board became violent.
According to reports, the flight had departed HNL airport and was around four hours into the flight at 1 p.m. when a passenger, allegedly a convicted felon, lunged at and tried to punch a flight attendant.
Though the passenger missed, some other passengers on board restrained the suspect as the captain turned the flight around.
The unruly passenger was possibly intoxicated having brought his own whiskey onboard the flight, according to reports by Hawaii News Now.
Police and Border Protection agents met the plane when it landed and arrested the suspect.
None of the 263 passenger or 13 crew members were reported injured.
In a statement to Fox News, Hawaiian Airlines confirmed the event.
“Hawaiian Airlines flight HA459 departed Honolulu for Incheon International Airport yesterday at 1 p.m. local time carrying 263 passengers and 13 crew. Approximately four hours into the flight, the Captain made the decision to return to Honolulu due to an unruly passenger. Passengers briefly deplaned and HA459 departed HNL at 10:35 p.m. and arrived at ICN at 4:28 a.m. local time today. We apologize to our guests for the inconvenience.”
A new departure time for South Korea was set for 10:10 p.m. Wednesday night. According to Flight Aware, the plane touched down at Incheon International Airport 9 hours and 28 minutes later than expected, at 4:28 a.m. local time.
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