Midair Passenger Meltdown on United Airlines Flight

After an unruly passenger's confrontation with flight attendants, a Sydney plane bound for San Francisco was diverted to Auckland, New Zealand, where police took the man into custody. More than 250 passengers had to wait 24 hours for another flight.
1:24 | 01/02/17

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They are investigating. For the 252 passengers on a united flight from Australia to San Francisco, a major headache. That flight diverted to new Zealand after a flight attendant and one man on board, and the faceoff taking an ugly turn. ABC's gio Benitez with more on this midair meltdown. Reporter: Tonight, yet another passenger accused of causing a flight to reroute. This time a united flight from Sydney, bound for San Francisco. I'm calm as can be. No, you're yelling at me. I'm yelling at you? I'm not yelling. You want to hear me Yell? Do you know how cool it would be to have the captain have him turn around? You're gonna do that. You do that. I'm being so impolite, fatass. Reporter: The plane diverting to auckland, New Zealand on new year's day. The man taken into police custody. Passenger Neil Kay shot the video. The two male flight attendants just came over immediately to try to de-escalate it. And he called them terrible homophobic slurs. Reporter: This is the second time in just a few days that a passenger is forced off a flight. This video appears to show one passenger hitting another. A couple from Minnesota was arrested and taken off a delta flight. And as for that united flight in auckland, more than 250 passengers had to wait nearly 24 hours, until today, for a new flight to San Francisco. United tells us the call to divert is ultimately the captain's decision. Cecilia? O gio, thank you.

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