Flight diverted over unruly passenger's meltdown in front of horrified family

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JetBlue Plane At John F. Kennedy International Airport


A disruptive passenger caused a Las Vegas flight from New York's JFK Airport to be diverted to Detroit when he had a mid-air meltdown in front of his family.

The man was shouting harsh words with family members and then stood up, banging on the JetBlue plane's seats, ABC7 reports.

When a male flight attendant asked him to calm down and take his seat, the passenger swung at the cabin crew.

He was eventually calmed down when more flight attendants intervened and he was brought to the back of the plane where he was restrained from other flyers.

Airport spokesman Michael Conway told CBS Local that the passenger was fighting with his family and could not be controlled.

The man was taken to a local hospital when it landed in Detroit.

According to the Daily Mail, his children were heard begging him: "Dad, dad, stop it."

It is not clear whether the man had been drinking.

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