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Man cited at Salt Lake airport after angry outburst on flight

An American Airlines passenger was cited after a vulgar outburst during his flight Monday at Salt Lake International Airport, allegedly berating the flight’s crew and passengers, as well as making sexist remarks, according to witnesses.

An American Airlines passenger was cited after a vulgar outburst during his flight Monday at Salt Lake International Airport, allegedly berating the flight’s crew and passengers, as well as making sexist remarks, according to witnesses. (Dennis Busch)



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SALT LAKE CITY — An American Airlines passenger was cited and taken to a hospital after an alleged vulgar outburst during his flight Monday.

The man was one of 162 passengers, including six crew members on the plane coming from Los Angeles to Salt Lake International Airport and allegedly berated the flight's crew and passengers, as well as making sexist remarks, according to witnesses.

American Airlines said in a statement that police assistance was required to handle the "unruly passenger."

"The flight landed safely at (Salt Lake City) where local law enforcement removed the disruptive passenger from the aircraft. We thank our crew for their professionalism and our customers for their understanding."

Salt Lake police detained the man after the flight landed at around 1:30 p.m. on Monday.

In footage provided by Dennis Busch, a witness and passenger on the flight who captured video of the outburst, the man can be seen clearly agitated, yelling at flight attendants and passengers and frequently getting up and down from his seat. Employees are seen trying to get the man to calm down, repeatedly asking him to remain seated until the flight had landed. In the video, the man was slurring his words and stumbling to and from his seat.

An airport spokeswoman said the man was cited for alleged public intoxication and was taken to a hospital for unknown reasons.

As of Monday the man's identity had not been released, and it is not known what caused or triggered the outburst.

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