Photo Courtesy of Spirit Airlines.

Photo Courtesy of Spirit Airlines.

A Spirit Airlines flight bound for California was diverted on Wednesday evening in Colorado after an "unruly" passenger attempted to open an emergency exit door while in mid-air. 

Spirit Airlines flight 185 was traveling from Cleveland to Los Angeles when it was forced to make an emergency landing at Denver International Airport. 

Video from a passenger shows crew members and passengers restraining a shirtless man.

Video from another passenger shows the passenger being carried away in a stretcher through the airport. 

“It is important to note that opening a door inflight is impossible due to air pressure inside the cabin pinning the door against its frame with force stronger than any person could ever overcome,” Spirit Airlines said in a statement confirming the incident to OutThere Colorado. “Safety is our number one priority at Spirit Airlines. Law enforcement met the aircraft in Denver and took the passenger into custody."

No other details were immediately available regarding the identity of the passenger. 

The Federal Aviation Administration extended its zero-tolerance policy for unruly passengers last week after airlines reported more than 500 disruptive incidents since late December.

"The policy directs our safety inspectors and attorneys to take strong enforcement action against any passenger who disrupts or threatens the safety of a flight, with penalties ranging from fines to jail time," a press release from the Federal Aviation Administration reads.

Spirit Airlines went on to thank crew members and guests who assisted in handling the situation quickly. 


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