June 27, 2018 11:22 AM
(ABC 6 News) -- A Houston flight, bound for Minneapolis, was diverted to Rochester International Airport Monday morning for a passenger who became ill. Rochester Police said the passenger was having a diabetic reaction. As Spirit Airlines staff and even a firefighter who was on the flight helped the woman, another passenger erupted into a profanity-laced tirade.
Rochester Police said the 38-year-old woman from Sauk Rapids, Minnesota got out of her seat and began yelling and cussing at staff, wanting to get off the plane.
The woman told police she was a military veteran, was traveling alone for the first time and panicked. A passenger who was sitting near the woman said she had told him she suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Police removed the woman from the flight and said she made other arrangements to get home.
The passenger who took and posted the video, Chianti Washington, tells KSTP the woman started acting out after EMT's took the medical patient off the plane. She says the woman started "being irate" about 5 minutes later. Washington says at first she thought the woman was just a disgruntled passenger, but soon realized there was a legitimate issue, which put her and other passengers in fear.
A short time later, Rochester Police returned to the flight for another passenger who wanted to get off. The passenger told police she didn't agree with how Spirit Airlines had treated the woman.
Spirit Airlines released a statement to ABC News, saying in part that it apologizes to guests and that safety is its top priority.
Police said the passenger who suffered the diabetic reaction was taken to the hospital for further treatment.
Updated: June 27, 2018 11:22 AM
Created: June 26, 2018 11:17 AM
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