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AA flight emergency lands due to a disruptive passenger

An American Airlines flight on its way to New York from Phoenix made an emergency landing in Wichita, Kan. Tuesday evening after one of its passengers allegedly became disruptive, an airline spokesman said.

Flight 622 bound for New York City was diverted at 10:30 p.m. ET to Wichita Eisenhower National Airport, according to sources.

“A flight attendant mentioned there was a security concern and we’re going to take someone off the plane,” passenger Troy Petrunoff said. “We were in the air for about an hour and a half when everything went down.”

According to NBC News, that passenger was arrested and charged with criminal threat. The man was identified by NBC’s affiliate station KSN as Jason Baroletti of Long Island, N.Y. He was booked in the Sedgwick County Jail on Wednesday.

Airport Police Capt. Marty Desmarteau did not immediately explain what happened on the flight to New York, but KSN told the station that the FBI may be getting involved and charging Baroletti as well.

The plane landed in Wichita, where law enforcement officials met the plane, according to Associated Press.

A New York indie rock band the Augustines tweeted that they saw everything go down. They said the suspect was becoming “threatening.” They added that law enforcement boarded the plane and they were checking bathrooms and trash cans before escorting the passenger off the plane.

“Bad scene,” the indie rock band tweeted.

Wichita Airport Police Lt. Lloyd Youel said that air traffic control notified his department that there was a flight coming in with a supposedly disruptive passenger.

The flight resumed after a short delay; American Airlines said that the plane landed in New York right before midnight.

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Meredith Rodefer is a freelance writer, who focuses on anything from lifestyle blogging to hard news, and dancer. Beyond Youth Independent, she has written for sites such as Natmonitor.com, CheekyChicago.com and FamilyFocusBlog.com. Contact Meredith: meredith.rodefer@youthindependent.com