A Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Houston had to make an unscheduled landing in Corpus Christi, TX, after an unruly passenger tried to open the emergency exit door while the plane was in the air.
The woman did not appear to be lying on the floor of the plane while she was removed.
Passengers said the woman tried to force open the plane's emergency exit.
The airline said the safe operation of every flight is its highest priority.
Kiii Reporter Madeleine Dart was live at the airport with an update. The plane made an emergency landing in Corpus Christi, TX.
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The flight interrupted by a disruptive passenger trying to open the emergency exit occurred on a 737-800.
According to the passenger, once on the plane, the woman wouldn't stay seated and was pacing up and down the aisle. KTRK reports that as of Monday morning, the passenger had been questioned by authorities who have not yet formally charged her with a crime.
Franklin posted videos of the woman shouting and of her removal on Snapchat. "Erratic passenger never should have been allowed on flight".
She reportedly wrote the words, "Help me" on beverage napkins.
Passengers who witnessed the incident were held aside for questioning, she said, while others ate pizza in the airport provided by the airplane pilot.
"The rest of the passengers cheered when the off-duty officer came back on board", after the woman was removed, Gillentine told the newspaper. "This was a failure", Gillentine said. "If she hadn't acted so quickly, things could have gone very differently".