- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 23, 2016

Fighter jets were scrambled Wednesday afternoon to escort a Compass Airlines flight after a passenger’s conduct forced an emergency landing in Tucson, Arizona, officials said.

The airline was en route to Los Angeles International Airport from San Antonio when an identified passenger interfered with crew members with “some type of verbal disturbance,” Jessie Butler, a spokeswoman for the Tucson Airport Authority, told the L.A. Times.

NORAD responded to the incident by dispatching two F-16 fighters while the 80-passenger plane arranged for an emergency landing in Tucson, ABC News confirmed.

Passenger Ryan Healy relied on his Twitter account to post updated as the Delta-operated flight taxied in Tucson before being boarded by authorities.

According to Mr. Healy’s tweets, the unruly passenger refused to sit down during the flight and acted “uncooperative.”

“The guy appears to be having some sort of breakdown. Passengers trying to help now,” he tweeted.

The man was removed from the aircraft by authorities upon arrival, and passengers were interviewed and re-screened before being allowed to resume traveling.

No injuries were reported as a result of the incident, and a spokesperson for the FBI’s field office in Phoenix told the L.A. Times that there was no threat to public safety.

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