A passenger accused of trying to open an aircraft door while the plane was en route from San Francisco to Boise Monday morning was detained by police at the gate – and turned over to the custody of state health officials, according to police and airline officials.
Boise airport officials contacted police after getting reports of an “unruly passenger” from the operators of the flight, airport spokesman Sean Briggs said. Police were waiting at the gate as the flight landed, he said.
The United flight was operated by SkyWest.
“SkyWest flight 5449, operating as United Express from San Francisco to Boise, landed safely in Boise after reports of a customer attempting to open the aircraft door,” said Layne Watson, a spokesperson from SkyWest, in a statement. “The customer was restrained and law enforcement officials met the flight at the gate, where all passengers safely deplaned. The unruly customer was held for questioning by law enforcement.”
The flight, which arrived at about 11:45 a.m., was on time and was not otherwise diverted, Briggs said.
No information about the woman has been released. She is in the custody of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, said BPD spokeswoman Haley Williams.
Charges have been routed to the Ada County prosecutor for review, but nothing had been filed late Monday afternoon, Williams said. The FBI is also investigating.
Christina Lords: 208-377-6435, @ChristinaLords
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