A commercial flight from Cincinnati to Tampa on Friday night was diverted to Atlanta after a noisy passenger was spotted brandishing a box cutter.
Unexpectedly, a Frontier Airlines flight touched down at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where one person—whom authorities have not named—was detained.
Authorities later discovered a second box cutter among the suspect’s possessions.
No one was hurt as a result of the incident.
Onboard passenger Lillian Hoffman reported that the suspect had threatened to hurt passengers with the box cutters.
“Hey, he has a knife, and he told me he was threatening to stab people, we need to say something to somebody,” Hoffman told WLWT-News.
“The passenger in the window seat looked at me when he went to the bathroom.”
So I went up and spoke with the flight attendants in the front of the aircraft and informed them that the man in question was carrying a box knife and had been announcing his intention to stab passengers.
The airline deplaned all additional passengers and canceled the trip following the emergency landing and arrest of the suspect.
On flights, box cutters are not allowed.
How the suspect brought the instrument on board was not immediately known.
The Transportation Security Administration stated that an internal investigation into the incident had begun.