United Airlines aircraft had to turn back to San Francisco because of a disruptive passenger onboard. The airline offloaded the passenger.
United Airlines aircraft turn back
This incident happened on 20th July. United Airlines flight 871 was bound from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Taipei International Airport (TPE) in Taiwan. At 10:32 PM, the Boeing 777-300ER registered as N2639U took off from San Francisco.
Just after takeoff, a passenger who had booked economy class seat visited the Business class cabin. United Business class cabin is nicknamed as ‘Polaris’. Cabin crew told him to go back to his seat. The passenger did return but visited business class again.
Cabin crew requested him to return to his seat but he did not adhere to those requests. The man was just refusing to sit on his seat. After 1 hour and 35 minutes, the aircraft started turning back towards San Francisco because of this disruptive passenger. The Boeing 777 was already cruising at 30,000 ft.
On 01:24 AM, the aircraft started descending towards SFO and landed on 01:52 AM. Upon arrival, law enforcement officials removed the passenger from the passenger. He, along with his luggage was offloaded.
The same aircraft again took off for Taipei International Airport.
Who pays for such diversions?
If a flight is diverted because of an unruly passenger, then he/she is liable for all the associated costs of the diversion. This diversion includes cost of additional fuel, parking charges and crew expenses.
In case if the diversion results in unexpected overnight stay, the unruly passenger will bear the cost of accomodation and food of all the passengers onboard. The said passenger also incurs other costs associated with phone calls, internet usage, and transportation. So, behave decently when you are onboard the aircraft or be ready to empty your pockets.
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Source : Business Insider