Flight diverted to Denver due to ‘passenger disturbance'

A passenger was escorted off of an Alaska Airlines flight in Denver Tuesday night. 9NEWS WEB EXTRA. 02/09/16 (video courtesy Rebecca Shepard)

KUSA – An Alaska Airlines flight headed from Boston to San Diego was diverted to Denver Tuesday night due to what airport officials are calling a "customer service issue."

As of 9 p.m. Tuesday, Alaska Airlines flight 769 had left Denver and was headed to its intended destination.

According to an Alaska Airlines spokesperson, the flight left Boston at around 6:30 p.m. local time. A passenger was intoxicated and became disruptive- - prompting the flight crew to tell him to calm down. 

The airline says the passenger became verbally abusive and agitated -- and even went as far as to threaten the flight crew. This led the pilot to decide to divert to Denver -- the nearest airport -- to deescalate the situation.

A video taken aboard the plane shows some passengers applauding as what appears to be the passenger who caused the disturbance is escorted off by waiting law enforcement. 

(© 2016 KUSA)


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