Airline passenger restrained, arrested after assaulting cockpit
Port Authority Police responded to an incident aboard a flight arriving at John F. Kennedy Airport on Friday night when an individual had to be restrained after attacking the plane's cockpit.
Officials said a passenger onboard a flight traveling from Poland to JFK Airport went up to the cockpit door and started banging on it. The incident happened aboard LOT Polish Airlines flight #26 at around 8 p.m. Friday.
The Port Authority said passengers and flight crew members intervened, and the individual was restrained on the ground when police arrived.
A witness posted video of the incident on social media.
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"A man started yelling and tried to storm the cockpit of our LOT Polish flight just after landing in JFK. Crew acted quickly to tackle him and announced a 'seriously security incident; 15 mins later we are still taxiing," tweeted JT Genter, a freelance travel writer.
A flight attendant was struck during the scuffle. The victim's injuries are unknown.
Port Authority Police met the plane at Terminal 7, Gate 9, where a male suspect was taken into custody.
The suspect was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.
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Officials said the suspect was referred to the FBI, which is weighing charges.
The FBI did not respond to a request for comment.
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