Drunk and unruly passengers divert Aeromexico flight to Houston

Three passengers allegedly intoxicated caused a AeroMexico flight to Toronto Mexico City divert to Houston early Thursday morning. As Flight Aware reported, the unruly passengers – two men and a woman – were caught drinking alcohol on the plane after being told that alcohol was not allowed on the flight by a flight attendant.

The airline employees asked them to finish their drinks and cover their faces with masks. Fearing that this incident could jeopardize the safety of the flight, the stewardess called the plane’s pilot, who then diverted the plane to Houston.

“Following this incident, all three individuals continued to refuse to cover their faces with their masks, were rude, confrontational and appeared to be intoxicated,” police department spokesman Kese said. Smith at Flight Aware.

On landing at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, police entered AeroMéxico Flight 617 and removed the three unruly passengers from the plane. Two passengers were transported to the Houston Sobering Center, a facility where people can go without being arrested to avoid a criminal record for public intoxication.

No charges have been filed against either passenger. The third passenger was in the care of Customs and Border Protection.

Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman Yolanda Choates said Thursday evening that “the three Canadian nationals departed for Toronto, Canada at 6:20 p.m. CST today. CBP officers remained at the gate, ensuring their departure.

After the intervention of the Houston police, the flight left shortly afterwards for Mexico City.

AeroMéxico did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The incident is another chapter in the growing number of unruly passengers on planes that has been witnessed over the past few years. In 2021, the Federal Aviation Administration said it was the worst year on record for unruly behavior by airline passengers in the United States.

There have been 5,981 reports of unruly passengers that have been logged by the FAA. Unruly passengers can face penalties, which can include heavy fines and incarceration.

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