Two “unruly” passengers were arrested after a desperate when their Aeromexico plane was stranded on the Oakland airport tarmac for four hours on Thursday, authorities said. (Reuters file photo)
Two passengers onboard an Aeromexico plane sitting on the tarmac at Oakland International Airport for four hours, were arrested Thursday after trying desperately to find a way out, authorities said.
The international flight from Guadalajara, Mexico, was originally destined for San Francisco, but was diverted to Oakland due to fog, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said. Angry passengers waited for hours without food, water or air conditioning to deplane, an “unruly” man threatened to open the doors of the plane to escape, the East BaysiteTimes reported.
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“Baby’s crying, people were passing,” passenger Arnie Zavala told the newspaper.
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A second “angry” male passenger was arrested after the police boarded the plane, and both men were in federal custody, the San Francisco Chronicle. The men were later released after a discussion with the authorities.
The police said that at least one of the passengers on the plane had difficulty breathing and was treated after requesting medical help. Other passengers placed calls for help to 911, passenger rights activists and the local media, the East Bay Times reported.
The airline would have allowed the passengers off, but for some reason decided not to do, the police told the Chronicle.
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Aeromexico issued a statement that says that it does not have activities set up at the Oakland airport and had to request special permission from the authorities to disembark passengers.
When passengers were finally allowed to leave the plane, they were given the options of either flying from Oakland to San Francisco to take or alternative transportation offered by Aeromexico, but some still expressed dissatisfaction.
When the East Bay Times asked passenger Ivan Garcia if he would fly Aeromexico again, his answer was simple: “Hell no!”