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Boisterous passenger causes emergency landing of flight from Jamaica to Canada

Published:Wednesday | May 17, 2017 | 2:22 PM

Fox News is reporting that an Air Canada flight from Jamaica to Toronto was forced to make an emergency stop in Florida yesterday because a passenger attacked the crew with coffee pots and tried to open the cabin door mid-flight.

Officials say Brandon Michael Courneyea had to be tied down to his seat by crew members and other passengers.

The FBI was reportedly contacted by crew members about 7:30 after Courneyea allegedly yelled at a few passengers for looking at him.

He later talked about wanting to take down the plane and grabbed a coffee pot.

When confronted by a flight attendant Courneyea attempted to open the rear cabin exit door.

Witnesses said the incident went on for about 45 minutes before Courneyea was restrained and the plane landed in Orlando.

Courneyea was arrested at the airport and charged with assault or intimidation of the flight crew member and interfering with the performance of duties.