2 passengers arrested after threatening to open jet’s doors on delayed flight

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By Doha Madani

Two airline passengers were arrested Thursday for threatening to open a jet’s doors after their flight was delayed for hours at the Oakland International Airport.

An Aeromexico flight from Guadalajara that was bound for San Francisco was diverted to Oakland on Thursday at about 10:30 a.m. local time (1:30 p.m. ET) and sat on a tarmac for at least three hours, a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office told NBC News.

“Two passengers wanting to exit the aircraft became unruly, at which time the pilot contacted law enforcement,” the Oakland airport said in a statement.

Passengers were not offered food or water during the delay, according to a report from NBC-affiliate KNTV.

Aeromexico, which is based in Mexico City, could not immediately be reached for comment.

“By that point passengers became fed up with waiting,” sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly told NBC News. “There were several passengers who started to voice their frustration.”

One man in particular threatened to open the plane door and activate emergency exit equipment, Kelly said.

One female passenger who complained of respiratory issues was taken to a local hospital, authorities said.

The jet was diverted to Oakland as a result of heavy fog conditions, and the pilot waited at the Oakland airport for clearance to continue the flight to San Francisco, Kelly said.

After the arrests, the jet taxied to a gate and passengers were taken through to customs, the airport said.

The sheriff’s office tweeted Thursday evening that the two passengers who had been arrested were released and that other passengers had received food and refreshments.

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