In response to a passenger spraying pepper spray into the cabin on Sunday, American Airlines flight 1680 from Miami to New York LaGuardia was diverted to Jacksonville, Florida.
This assertion was made on Reddit by another traveller. All that American Airlines would disclose once the plane had reached New York was that “there had been a disruptive incident involving a customer.”
Another passenger described the experience on Reddit: “It was extremely scary not being able to breathe, having burning skin/eyes, having everyone panic around, and being stuck in a small space.”
During the flight, a passenger reported that people at the back of the plane started coughing and experienced eye discomfort. They were also impacted by the flight attendants. Any information on what might be in the cabin’s air was requested in a statement made by a crew member.
It appears that a passenger ultimately accepted blame, saying they “mistook their pepper spray for sanitizer or lotion.” Law enforcement met the plane on the ground and took the passenger off the trip. In order to help anyone on board the plane who needed medical attention, paramedics also arrived, and one flight attendant apparently sought out additional assistance.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed after an investigation that the bottle was accidentally sprayed. The FAA said in a statement that “the aircraft was cleaned after diverting and continued to LaGuardia Airport in New York without further incident.”
Pepper spray is never permitted in carry-on luggage, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and American Airlines.