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article imageAir Canada flight diverted after man tries to open cabin door

By Arthur Weinreb     May 17, 2017 in Travel
Orlando - An Air Canada flight had to make an emergency landing in Orlando after a passenger yelled at other passengers, waived coffee pots at crew members and tried to open a cabin door while the plane was in the air.
The incident occurred Monday evening on a flight from Jamaica to Toronto. Shortly after takeoff, the plane encountered turbulence and a flight attendant heard a man causing a problem in the cabin. She heard him yell at passengers for looking at him and then she saw him throw some paper at a woman sitting near him. The flight crew then moved the man, later identified as Brandon Michael Courneyea, to the back of the plane.
But after he was seated in the back of the aircraft, he returned to his original seat. Then he ran to the galley in the back of the plane, picked up a pot of coffee and waived it at members of the crew in a threatening manner.
He then picked up another coffee pot and a flight attendant, afraid he would throw scalding hot coffee on someone, attempted to get him to calm down. But instead of calming down, he went to the rear cabin door, grabbed the lever, and attempted to open the door. While he was pulling on the lever, he said it only takes one guy to bring down a plane and he was going to take everyone with him.
The entire incident lasted about 45 minutes. Eventually crew members and other passengers were able to subdue the man and restrain him. Courneyea's arms and legs were then fastened to a seat with zip ties.. The plane made an emergency landing at Orlando International Airport around 8 p.m.
The flight crew had contacted the FBI after the incident began and when the plane landed in Orlando, Courneyea was arrested by federal agents. He has been charged with assault or intimidation of a flight crew member or flight attendant and interfering with their duties. After agents completed interviewing passengers and the flight crew, the plane took off again and resumed the flight to Toronto.
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