Unruly passenger causes flight diversion to JIA



JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Delta flight from New York to Palm Beach had to be diverted to Jacksonville International Airport.

Action News spoke with a Delta spokesman Tuesday morning, and confirmed that a passenger disruption caused the diversion.

“Delta flight 2370 from New York-LaGuardia to West Palm Beach was re-routed to Jacksonville International Airport due to a passenger disruption. Out of an abundance of caution, the Captain elected to divert to the closest airport. Local law enforcement met the flight and removed the passenger. The aircraft continued to West Palm Beach arrived at 11:13 p.m. We apologize for the inconvenience to customers.”

Another passenger says the incident started when a woman wanted to recline her seat, but the woman behind her became upset.

Debbie Jones with the Jacksonville Aviation Authority said the passenger in question does not face criminal charges, and she was put on another flight and made it to her final destination.