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Flight to Houston diverted after disruptive passenger

Flight to Houston diverted after disruptive passenger

"She wrote "Help me" and her name on (beverage napkins)".

CCIA officials say their public safety officers were in contact with the Southwest pilot to assist the passenger off the plane.

Henrietta Mokwuah, who was also aboard the flight, told the network that the woman came close to opening the emergency door located near the rear of the plane. But the airline said crew became concerned about one of the passengers and chose to divert to Corpus Christi airport, about 200 miles short of the intended destination.

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Due to differences in air pressure, experts say it would be nearly impossible for a passenger to open the door of an aircraft during a flight.

"It was weird, something like you see on TV. Erratic passenger never should have been allowed on flight".

According to the passenger, once on the plane, the woman wouldn't stay seated and was pacing up and down the aisle.

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A Cleveland ISD police officer, Pamela Michew, was on board the flight and was traveling with her children from Sacramento. Authorities in Corpus Christi met the aircraft at the gate and escorted the woman off the plane. "The safe operation of every flight is our highest priority and we expect the aircraft to depart shortly to complete the journey to Houston".

Meant to arrive in Houston at 1:35pm, Flight 4519 was delayed for two-and-a-half hours before finally touching down at Hobby Airport around 4pm.

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