An apparently “disoriented” passenger had to be calmed down and subdued on an American Airlines jet Friday as it was taxiing after landing in Miami International Airport, an airline spokesman said.
The FBI said the man, Ryan Snider, a 24-year-old Canadian, was arrested and faced federal charges of interfering with a flight crew.
“There were no injuries or damage to the plane. There appears to be no nexus to terrorism and Snider was not on the ‘no fly list,’” said Special Agent Michael Leverock in a statement.
Snider rose from his seat and rushed forward shortly after the plane landed and was taxiing down the runway on a flight from Montego Bay, Jamaica, officials said.
“We had what appeared to be a ‘disoriented’ male passenger who stood up at his seat in the Main Cabin after landing in Miami as the flight was taxiing in,” American Airlines spokesman Ed Martelle said in an email.
“He did not obey crewmember instructions to sit down and then moved toward the front of the aircraft where he was subdued. He was turned over to police upon arrival at the gate,” he said.
He was subdued by passengers and crew, an airport official said.
About 120 passengers were aboard the Boeing 757, he said.
Snider was expected in federal court Tuesday in Miami, the FBI said.
[An American Airlines Boeing 757 lands at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California in 2008. AFP Photo/Robyn Beck]