A 25-year-old male flying on American Airlines Flight 1346 was arrested on 12 April following a bizarre incident in which he went around the cabin touching the faces of other passengers during the flight.
The cabin crew reported the unruly passenger to local authorities ahead of landing at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). Law enforcement officers were on hand to meeet the aircraft as it arrived at the terminal.
Before the main doors of the aircraft were opened, however, the man accessed a service door on the other side of the aeroplane and jumped out and fell 10 feet onto the tarmac. Sustaining minor injuries from the fall, the man was later apprehended and taken to the hospital for treatment.
An official statement released from local law enforcement noted that in addition to touching the faces of fellow passengers, the man was also spraying them with an unknown liquid. It is currently not known what the substance was.
None of the other passengers on American Airlines Flight 1346 was reported to have sustained any injuries as a result of the incident and none are pressing charges.
The official statement noted however, the 25-year-old will likely be charged by the prosecutor’s office for trespassing.