Published: Fri, March 10, 2017
National | By Traci Kelley

U.S. flight diverted over $12 blanket dispute

U.S. flight diverted over $12 blanket dispute

The Hawaiian Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Honolulu was then diverted due to the altercation.

Hawaiian Airlines Flight 7 was a few miles off the Southern California coast when an unidentified 66-year-old passenger requested a blanket and was told the cost would be $12, according to Los Angeles Airport Police. When he was told that he would be charged for the blanket, he said he wanted corporate's phone number.

After landing, police officers and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents met with the flight crew and passenger and determined the man did not pose a serious threat.

No crime had been committed, police added.

He was allowed to book another flight to his destination.

"It was just a business dispute", Pedregon said.

"You know, if I was a passenger on board that plane I would have paid the $12 dollars for him", he chuckled.

Pedregon said airline staffers felt threatened, so the pilot diverted the plane.

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But, she said, "I think it's important to put ourselves in the position of the captain, who is in the cockpit about to begin a five-hour flight over the Pacific, when he or she is informed of an issue in the back of the plane".

"(The crew) took offense to the statement that he made.

Croyle said the airline offers complimentary blankets in all cabins on global flights and on certain red-eye flights.

Hawaiian Airlines spokesman Alex Da Silva said: "The decision to divert is based on safety".

"I thought it was ridiculous", witness Eileen Bernstrom told the news station. "First of all, it costs $12,000 for them to land here, and it was a $12 blanket".

Even so, the airline stuck by its decision to reroute the flight.

Footage of the incident showed the man, wearing a hoodie and a baseball cap as he was escorted from the plane by two officers.

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