JetBlue flight is forced to divert after passenger snorted white substance, threatened to stab other passenger, touched woman and refused to wear a mask
- Mark Anthony Scerbo, 42, of Mechanicville, New York, was arrested in Minneapolis after he allegedly threatened fellow passengers and crew members
- The incident happened on JetBlue flight 915, headed to San Francisco after departing from New York’s JFK Airport on Sunday
- An attendant told passengers that Scerbo touched a female passenger, was snorting a ‘white substance,’ and refused to wear a mask
- The attendant also said that Scerbo made ‘stabbing motions’ towards another passenger as well as verbal threats
- Scerbo was arrested for possession of a controlled substance by Minneapolis Airport police
A JetBlue flight traveling from New York to San Francisco was forced to divert to Minneapolis after a passenger snorted a white substance, touched a female passenger and refused to wear a mask.
That troublemaker – named by police as Mark Anthony Scerbo, 42 – was arrested by Minneapolis St Paul Airport Police after Sunday’s incident, which also allegedly saw him make a stabbing motion while threatening passengers.
A male steward explained was filmed explaining what had happened to other passengers after they landed unexpectedly in Minneapolis.
The unnamed attendant said: ‘There was…unwanted touching. Possibly inadvertent, maybe intentional, unknown.
‘Multiple trips to the bathroom. we were able to move that passenger so she felt more comfortable
‘After several more put on your mask, put on your mask, put on your mask (requests), bathroom trips, started antagonizing other passengers and had the knife gesturing, stabbing motions towards the other passenger.’
The attendant added: ‘(He) was also observed, erratic behavior, and snorting a white substance.’
Passengers could be heard laughing nervously and exclaiming with shock as the man’s behavior was outlined, and burst into applause when the attendant said the troublemaker had been booted from the flight.
It remains unclear what substance Scerbo was snorting.
A JetBlue spokesman said afterwards: ‘The flight was met by law enforcement, the customer was removed and the flight continued on to San Francisco.
‘Safety is JetBlue’s first priority, and we appreciate our crewmembers’ response and our customers’ patience during this incident.’
An attendant (pictured) told passengers that due to Scerbo’s alleged erratic behavior the flight would have to land at Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport
After the attendant (pictured) filled in passengers about the details of Scerbo’s erratic behavior, passengers clapped in support
The incident went down on JetBlue flight 915, headed to San Francisco after departing from New York’s JFK Airport on Sunday
The attendant added that after crew members followed Scerbo into the bathroom after his many trips, they discovered a bag with a white substance inside.
After his bag of substance was found he was told to calm down but continued to make threats, the attendant told passengers.
‘It was collectively decided that our four flight attendants felt uncomfortable with what was going on, there was a child there, other passengers felt uncomfortable’ he explained as he told passengers they would be landing at the nearest airport.
Passengers clapped in support of the decision.
Kawashima, a 30-year-old implementation manager, told DailyMail.com that when the plane landed in Minneapolis he saw Scerbo be taken by police and FBI.
He said the plane was only on the ground for an hour before heading towards San Francisco.
Kawashima says that other passengers heard Scerbo make racist statements before even getting on the plane.
‘I didn’t personally see him doing anything — he was sitting in first class and I was in economy,’ Kawashima told DailyMail.com ‘I heard from other passengers that he smelled bad and was getting up often. The passenger sitting in front of me said that he was making some racist comments at the boarding gate before we took off.’
Scerbo was arrested for possession of a controlled substance by Minneapolis Airport police. He remains in custody in Hennepin County Jail as of Tuesday afternoon.
Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Patrick Hogan told DailyMail.com that Scerbo faces felony drug possession charges and added that pending an investigation, the FBI may file federal charges against him separately.