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Vegas-bound American Airlines flight diverted

Posted at 2:17 PM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-09 17:13:35-05

An American Airlines flight headed to Las Vegas from North Carolina was diverted to Texas on Friday because of a disruptive passenger.

Flight No. 1735 left Charlotte Douglas International Airport at 11:18 ET and arrived at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport at 1:36 p.m. CT.

The plane was met by local law enforcement. According to WFAA in Dallas, the matter was handled by the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport police and the airline then cleared everything. The man was reportedly not taken into custody and no charges were filed.

Passengers said the person had been disruptive for much of the flight. Passengers said it appeared flight attendants thought they could calm him down, which is why they didn't turn around shortly after takeoff.

"He was abusive to every steward on that plane and even the pilot came out and tried to talk to him, there was no talking to this man he was, he had IV markings in his hand like he had been in the hospital or something, he was totally out of control," said passenger Mary Leonard.

When it appeared it wasn't going to happen, passengers said the flight crew announced there was an oxygen issue and they needed to land in Dallas. Passengers said they knew the oxygen problem was a sort of code.

The flight arrived in Las Vegas around 3:30 p.m., carrying 6 crew members and 189 passengers.