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Violent Passenger Forces Emergency Landing In Orlando


An Air Canada flight had to make an emergency landing at Orlando International Airport, Florida, after a passenger attacked the crew and tried to open the cabin door.

The incident happened on an Air Canada flight from Jamaica to Toronto. The ruckus began when Brandon Michael Courneyea started yelling at other passengers for "looking at him," according to a federal complaint.

Flight attendants tried to calm him down, but he got up from his seat and started walking around the plane. Courneyea then said that wanted to take down the plane as well everyone with him. Courneyea then attacked flight attendants with pot of coffee and tried to open the rear cabin door.

Courneyea had to be tied down to his seat by crew members and other passengers, investigators said.

The incident lasted about 45 minutes, the complaint said. The flight made the landing at about 8 p.m. and stayed at the airport until agents made investigation and arrested Courneyea. He is being charged with Interference with flight crew members and attendants, a federal crime.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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