Published: Fri, March 10, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Hawaiian Airlines flight diverted after fight over cost of blanket


A Hawaiian Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Honolulu was diverted Wednesday after a passenger got upset over being charged for a blanket, police said.

A spokesman for the LA Airport Police Department, Rob Pedregon, confirmed the 66-year-old made an in-flight call to company representatives. He was told he could purchase a blanket for $12, and he became angry and complained that he shouldn't have to pay for the blanket when the airplane was cold, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The man asked crew members for the number to corporate.

The unruly passenger said to an airline employee "I'd really like to take somebody behind the woodshed over this", according to cops.

Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents met with the passenger and crew when the plane landed in LA and determined after questioning both sides that no crime had been committed, Pedregon added.

Officers listened to the man's complaints and then sent him on his way.

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That's when he was told there would be a $15 charge, and he allegedly made remarks that made flight attendants uncomfortable, Pedregon said.

Pedregon said the incident may not be the oddest he has handled "but it ranks right up there".

The dispute happened an hour after the Hawaii-bound plane took off from Las Vegas, after he requested a blanket and was told it cost US$12 (NZ$17.40).

The man was reportedly allowed to fly to Hawaii with another airline on a later flight.

"I thought it was ridiculous", traveler Eileen Berstrom said.

Da Silva said the plane will be refueled and will land in Honolulu later today, but he did not know exactly when.

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