An irate passenger suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder was forcibly removed from a Spirit Airlines jetliner after it made an emergency landing.
Video shot earlier this week by another passenger shows the woman charging down the aisle, screaming profanities. "Get me the (expletive) off this (expletive) plane!" she yells. A flight attendant and two passengers tried to calm the woman, without success.
"You know who my brothers are?!" she yelled. "They are (expletive) Marine snipers! You want to (expletive) with a (expletive) Marine?!"
The meltdown happened on a flight bound for Minneapolis that took off from Houston. When the plane was forced to make an unscheduled landing in Rochester, Minn., to assist a passenger having a medical issue, the woman began acting out, authorities said.
Stephanie Calder, who was sitting nearby, shot video of the incident. The woman, she said, came running from the back of the plane after it landed. The flight was diverted because a man sitting near the front of the jetliner suffered from some sort of medical emergency, she said.
He was taken off the plane and the woman was removed by authorities, who took her to a hospital for a mental health evaluation after they were told she is a veteran battling PTSD, USA Today reported.
“This morning a flight from Houston to Minneapolis had to land in Rochester, Minnesota, due to a guest experiencing a medical emergency,” Derek Dombrowski, spokesman for Spirit Airlines said in a statement. “On the ground in Rochester, another passenger became erratic and irate and was removed from the aircraft with the assistance of law enforcement. We apologize to our guests who had to witness this and for the inconvenience of the delay. Safety [is] our top priority at Spirit Airlines."