Las Vegas-Bound JetBlue Flight Diverted Due to Unruly Passenger

PHOTO: A Jet Blue plane is shown in this Jan. 27, 2011 file photo.
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An "unruly" passenger was involved in a JetBlue flight that diverted to Detroit on its way to Las Vegas on Saturday morning.

According to a statement from a JetBlue spokesman, the captain of Flight 211 from New York City opted to divert the plane to Detroit "in an abundance of caution." After departing John F. Kennedy International Airport at about 7 a.m., the flight landed in Detroit at about 8:30 a.m., the spokesman said.

Once on the ground in Detroit, the passenger was removed from the plane and taken to Oakwood Hospital in Wayne, Michigan, by airport fire department personnel, ABC Radio reported. The individual was also placed under police custody.

It was not immediately clear what sparked the incident. The flight landed in Las Vegas at 11:25 a.m. local time, the JetBlue spokesman said.

These incidents have been happening with increased frequency. Last year there were 8,217 worldwide, up from 5,220 the year before.

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