Denver, CO – A Jet Blue passenger freaked out when another passenger got a free upgrade, reports say. Denver police say they won’t charge the unruly passenger who was removed from the Jet Blue flight that was diverted to Denver International Airport on Thursday night.
Passengers aboard the Jet Blue flight told local news that the female passenger became furious when a male passenger was moved from economy seating to the seat next to her in the plane’s premium section without paying the upgrade fee. Reports vary, but passengers noted that the man was relocate to better seating either because his television monitor wasn’t working or he needed more leg room.
Either way, the 42-year-old woman was not happy to have company in the premium section, particularly company that didn’t pay an extra fee. The female passenger became verbally “abusive and uncooperative,” according to police spokesperson Lt. Matt Murray. The Jet Blue flight was deterred when the woman started arguing with the flight crew. A federal Air Marshall intervened, and the flight was diverted to Denver, according to passengers.
Denver police notes via Twitter on Friday that the woman in case wasn’t charged. Officers noted after a records check that the woman had no warrants. She was them escorted from the concourse. She was not identified in any of the reports.
Neither Jet Blue nor the male passenger wanted to press charges in the case. It is unclear whether or not the woman — who was on a flight destined for San Diego — was left stranded in Denver when the fiasco happened.
A disruptive passenger can be charged with a federal offense of interfering with a flight crew or a misdemeanor state offense of disturbing the peace.
The entire fiasco caused a two-hour delay for the passengers aboard the plane, which was headed from New York to San Diego. They landed in Denver around 7:15 pm and took off again at 9:29 pm. Passengers were asked to disembark the plane while the situation was resolved.
Despite the passenger freak-out, the man apparently resumed his place in premium seating.
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