American Airlines flight diverted because passenger wouldn't stop performing pull-ups on the overhead bin

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It’s a good thing the passenger getting his swoll on during a flight from Phoenix to Boston didn’t ask anyone if they wanted to see the “gun show,” otherwise there may have been charges filed.

An American Airlines flight from Phoenix to Boston was diverted to Kansas City, Mo., due to “an unruly passenger [Monday] night,” Ross Feinstein, the senior manager of corporate communications at American Airlines, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. He added that the “passenger was removed by law enforcement, and [the] flight re-departed” from the airport, arriving in Boston 90 minutes late on Tuesday morning.

David Markoski, who was on board American Airlines Flight 2763, told local Boston news station WBZ-TV that the unruly passenger was a man who appeared to be intoxicated. Markoski said the man in question boarded the plane with a woman and two dogs and insisted on performing pull-ups on the overhead bins.

An American Airlines flight was diverted to Kansas City, Mo., due to an allegedly intoxicated passenger refusing to stop doing pull-ups. (Photo: Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
An American Airlines flight was diverted to Kansas City, Mo., due to an allegedly intoxicated passenger refusing to stop doing pull-ups. (Photo: Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

“He was leaning up against where you put the bags overhead, and a passenger came by and said, ‘What are you going to do, some pull-ups?’ and the guy actually grabbed on to it and started doing some pull-ups on the plane in front of everybody,” Markoski said.

Markoski also said that the man, whose identity has not been made public, ordered beer and alcohol on the flight before things took a turn for the worse.

Perhaps hoping to prove that his fitness is on the level of #CantStop #WontStop, the man refused to quit doing pull-ups, until he finally reached his #FitnessGoal. “He would not sit down. The flight attendant probably asked him about three or four times to sit down, and he refused to sit down, and then he really got verbally abusive with her, starting calling her names,“ Markoski said. 

The flight was forced to land in Kansas City, and the man was escorted off the plane by law enforcement officials. FBI agents were at the gate to interview the passenger, but no one was taken into custody or charged.

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