Blanket-fee fight diverts Vegas plane

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He asked for a blanket and was told it would cost $12, the officer said. After getting the number, the man said, "I would like to take somebody behind the woodshed for this", according to Los Angeles police.

A Hawaiian Airlines flight on its way to Hawaii from Las Vegas was diverted to Los Angeles after a passenger became a problem.

Airline officials then ordered the flight diverted to Los Angeles International Airport for an "unruly passenger".

An unnamed 66-year-old man was marched off a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Honolulu after a dispute with staff over the item.

So he asked to speak with the airline's corporate office.

He said: "It was just a complaint about a blanket, about the cost of the blanket, correct".

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LA Airport Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation met the aircraft at the gate once it landed in LA.

Mr Pedregon added 'You know, if I was a passenger on board that plane I would have paid the $12 dollars for him'.

"Diverting a flight is clearly not our first choice, but our crew felt it was necessary in this case to divert to Los Angeles and deplane the passenger before beginning to fly over the Pacific Ocean", Hawaiian Airlines spokeswoman Alison Croyle told CNN affiliate KCAL.

"They're doing it to protect the passengers as well as the crew, because I think this is a very expensive stop for Hawaiian", she said.

"(The crew) took offense to the statement that he made. The flight attendant said the cabin was "on secured lock-down". "First of all, it costs $12,000 for them to land here, and it was a $12 blanket". The man was escorted off the plane.

Data from the Flight Radar 24 website shows that the diverted flight later continued on to Honolulu following its unscheduled LA stop.

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