Chaos over New York City Airport After Security Incident

An American Airlines flight landed safely at the LaGuardia Airport on Monday night after a security incident involving a passenger. The passenger had to be restrained by crew members during the flight, according to an official with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about it. It is unclear if any charges have been brought against the individual.

Flight 110 from Charlotte Douglas to LaGuardia landed safely at 7:18 p.m., American Airlines said in a statement. Upon arrival, the aircraft was met by local authorities. The passenger was restrained by crew members and turned over to law enforcement after landing.

The Federal Aviation Administration did not immediately return a request for information about the incident. Neither did the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees LaGuardia Airport.

An official with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about it said that the FBI and Port Authority police met the plane upon its arrival.

A FBI official in Charlotte who talked on state of namelessness since he was not approved to talk openly about the occurrence alluded all inquiries to the FBI’s New York office, which didn’t quickly return a call for input.

About two dozen passengers were aboard the plane, which was flying from Charlotte, North Carolina to LaGuardia Airport in New York City. This is not the first time an American Airlines flight has been forced to land at LaGuardia due to a security incident. In March 2011, an American Airlines flight en route from Miami to Boston landed unexpectedly at LaGuardia Airport due to a medical emergency involving an elderly passenger.

An American Airlines plane was forced to land at the airport after being struck by lightning in June 2014. Tarmac damage prevented the plane from being able to take off, according to CBS New York. Another plane was involved in a runway altercation with several vehicles in December 2011, according to the Wall Street Journal.

This is not the first time an American Airlines flight has been forced to land at LaGuardia due to a security incident. In March 2011, an American Airlines flight en route from Miami to Boston landed unexpectedly at LaGuardia Airport due to a medical emergency involving an elderly passenger. An American Airlines plane was forced to land at the airport after being struck by lightning in June 2014. Tarmac damage prevented the plane from being able to take off, according to CBS New York. Another plane was involved in a runway altercation with several vehicles in December 2011, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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