LOS ANGELES — An airplane passenger holding a shoe struck a flight attendant and opened the plane's rear door, disrupting a Southwest Airlines flight about to take off for Las Vegas, authorities said.
"His words were that everybody on the plane was going to hell," passenger Michael Fitzhugh said. "You could see the panic of the passengers."
Police at Los Angeles International Airport arrested David Boone, 36, of New Orleans, on Monday for investigation of interfering with a flight crew. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Boone was jailed without bail pending a federal court appearance Tuesday.
Also Monday, security screeners at Chicago's Midway Airport discovered four pocket knives, a box cutter, two flares and a bottle of lighter fluid in a 20-year-old man's carry-on bag, police said. The man, whose identity was not released, was turned over to federal officials.
"The FBI is interviewing him," said Officer Ozzie Rodriguez, a Chicago police department spokesman. "If he's not charged with anything federal, we'll take over, but for the time being, it's in the FBI's hands."
FBI officials would not comment Tuesday on the arrest. Police said they did not know why the man, from Marshalltown, Iowa, had the items in his bag.