DETROIT — Federal officials on Tuesday arrested a man who became disruptive on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.
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A federal official told NBC News that the passenger was "extremely intoxicated and belligerent." The man, described as American, was shouting "hijack," according to Local 4, an NBC-TV affiliate.
Airline spokeswoman Susan Elliott said in a statement that the man "was quickly restrained" and was taken into custody by officials waiting when the flight landed at Detroit Metropolitan Airport shortly before 4 p.m.
Michael Patrick Shiels, the broadcast host of a show called Michigan's Morning Show on the Michigan Talk Network, said he was seated across the aisle from the man who was restrained on the flight. Shiels said some men were standing around talking to the passenger with about three hours left in the flight. The passenger, whom he described as white and in his 30s, was then handcuffed and buckled into his seat.
"And that's when he started to get really loud," Shiels said. "He started yelling about the plane being hijacked, and he was kicking the door. He was asking the air marshals to shoot him. The word 'terrorism' came out a couple of times. He wanted them to fight."
The incident occurred on the same day jury selection began in Detroit in the federal trial of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian man accused of trying to bring down an Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight with a bomb in his underwear on Christmas 2009.
FBI spokeswoman Sandra Berchtold said she wasn't aware of any connection between the man detained Tuesday and the Abdulmutallab trial. After the disruptive passenger was detained, Elliott says Flight 235 continued on to Detroit without further issue.Story: US a cancer, alleged underwear bomber says in court
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