Drunk passenger restrained, arrested on AA flight in Miami
A drunk passenger on American Airlines flight 320 had to be restrained by passengers and crew after he rushed toward the cockpit. / WFOR
(CBS/AP) MIAMI - U.S. authorities say an unruly passenger on an American Airlines flight from Jamaica had to be restrained after rushing toward the cockpit once the plane touched down in Miami.
The FBI told CBS News in a statement that Ryan Snider, 24, of Canada, was arrested in connection with an incident on American Airlines flight 320 in bound to Miami International Airport (MIA) today. Snider allegedly rushed toward the front of the plane after it had landed. There appears to be no connection to terrorism, and Snider was not on the "no fly list."
The FBI said there were no injuries or damage to the plane. Snider is in currently in federal custody and is expected to face Federal charges which may include interference with a flight crew. It is anticipated that his initial appearance will be Tuesday in Federal Court in Miami, FL.
Miami Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta confirmed to CBS News said that a drunk passenger onboard American Airlines 320 - which was en route from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica to Miami International Airport - caused a disturbance.
American Airlines spokeswoman Dori Alvarez added that the disoriented male passenger stood up from his seat in the main cabin after landing. The flight was taxiing, and the passenger did not obey crew member instructions to sit down. Alvarez says the passenger "moved towards the front, where he was subdued and turned over to police."
A source familiar with the incident told CBS News that the cockpit door was bumped, but the captain never thought there was a security threat.
Passengers and crew subdued the man until police arrived. He has been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, Zabaleta said.
The FBI, ICE, ATF, FAMS, U.S. Border Patrol and Miami Dade Police Department continue their investigation.
There were 165 passengers on board Flight 320 at the time. According to the TSA, the plane touched down safely at 10:05 a.m.
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