0612 GMT October 17, 2021
"During deplaning in Miami, a customer on American Airlines flight 920 with service from Cali, Colombia to MIA exited the aircraft via an emergency exit," the airline said in a statement, nbcnews.com reported.
Miami-Dade police said the passenger, who has not been identified, was apprehended by US Customs and Border Protection after the Wednesday evening incident.
The passenger was arrested but required medical attention when he arrived at a prison in Miami, Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, and was brought to a hospital, where he remained Thursday, Detective Argemis Colome told NBC News. His name was not released.
"We thank our team members and law enforcement for their professionalism and quick action," American said in the statement.
The Federal Aviation Administration has reported "a disturbing increase" in unruly behavior on planes. There have been nearly 4,500 reports of unruly passengers since the beginning of the year. In a typical year, the transportation agency sees 100 to 150 formal cases of bad passenger behavior.