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Two air passengers were arrested on Thursday to threaten to open a flight door after their flight had been delayed for hours at Oakland International Airport.
A flight of Aeromexico from Guadalajara, bound to San Francisco, was routed to Oakland on Thursday at 10:30 am local time (1:30 ET) and sat on a tarmac for at least three hours, a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff s Office told NBC News.
“Two passengers wishing to leave the aircraft became unfair, at which point the pilot contacted law enforcement,” said Oakland airport in a statement.
Passengers were not offered food or water during the delay, according to a report from NBC affiliate KNTV.
Aeromexico, based in Mexico City, could not be reached for comment immediately.
“At that time, passengers were measured by waiting,” the Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly told NBC News. “There were several passengers who started to touch their frustration.”
One man especially threatened to open the pawnshop and activate emergency exit equipment, Kelly said.
A female passenger complaining about breathing issues was taken to a local hospital, the authorities said . The jet was redirected to Oakland due to heavy fog conditions, and the pilot was waiting for the Oakland airport to finish the flight to San Francisco, Kelly said.
After the arrests, the jute assessed a port and passengers were taken to customs, the airport said.
The Sheriff’s office tweeted Thursday night that the two passengers who had been arrested were released and the other passengers had received food and refreshments.
The airport said in its statement, “The decision to await the landing site at the original destination airport or the scheduling at the departure airport is according to the airline’s space.”
In 2017, the US Department of Transportation announced extended passenger coverage by limiting tarmac delays to four hours for international flights by US and foreign airlines, according to a press release.
“Carriers must also ensure that passengers stuck on the asphalt are provided with sufficient food and water after two hours as working toilets and all necessary medical treatment,” the edition said.
The Department of Transportation did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News.