Hawaii-bound flight diverted to LAX after passenger complains about $12 blanket

Hawaii-bound flight diverted to LAX after passenger complains about $12 blanket

A Hawaiian Airlines flight going from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Honolulu, Hawaii, was diverted to Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday after a passenger complained about having to pay for a blanket.

The plane landed safely at LAX at about 10:20 a.m., and the 66-year-old man was interviewed by Los Angeles Airport police and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents but was released without being arrested, said Los Angeles Airport police officer Rob Pedregon.

When told he would have to fork out $12 for the blanket, the unidentified man got upset and demanded to speak to a corporate representative from the airline, Pedregon said. When he was told what it would cost him, Pedregon said, he became irate and argued he should not have to pay for it because the plane was too cold.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the airline said that while a flight diversion is "clearly not our first choice", the crew "felt it was necessary to divert to Los Angeles and deplane the passenger before beginning to fly over the Pacific Ocean".

Officers listened to the man's complaints and then sent him on his way. Two officers escorted the man off the plane, and a subsequent investigation determined that "no credible threats were made and no laws were broken", according to the newspaper.

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The man voluntarily abandoned his flight and caught another one.

Although there was no physical altercation, Hawaiian Airlines thought it best to not take any chances.

A disgruntled passenger caused the plane to divert after he took exception to the cost of a blanket.

The flight departed Los Angeles a few hours later.