Exclusive: Unruly passenger taken off Los Angeles-to-JFK flight

October 3, 2013 3:07:37 AM PDT
An unruly passenger was taken off a Los Angeles-to-New York City Virgin America flight after passengers say he caused quite a scene on the plane.

That man is in police custody Thursday, and Eyewitness News obtained exclusive video of the disturbance, which began roughly two hours into the flight.

According to eyewitnesses, the man took a bottle of wine off the flight attendant's cart and screamed at her when she told him she couldn't accept cash.

An off-duty California Highway Patrol officer got involved and sat with the man for the rest of the flight after attendants cleared out the man's row and the one behind it.

He says the man drank the wine and admitted he was drunk and smoked pot before getting on the plane.

The flight continued as scheduled, with the man talking loud and antagonizing other passengers throughout the trip, including the landing.

Upon touchdown, the passenger was reportedly talking to himself, saying he had been arrested and jailed in New York City before.

A flight attendant also told the officers that the man was taking pictures of female passengers' breasts.

Four police officers took the man into custody when the flight landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport just after 11 p.m. Wednesday.