Unruly Southwest Airlines passenger arrested after flight lands in Newark

A witness said the man attacked a flight attendant and had to be zip-tied

An unruly passenger was arrested after a Southwest Airlines flight landed at Newark Liberty International Airport early Tuesday. 

While the airline would only say there was a “situation” with a passenger aboard flight 864 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a witness wrote on Twitter the man tried to leave the plane and attacked a flight attendant before being zip-tied.

Southwest said in brief statement that an emergency was not declared and that the plane landed safely. 

“The safety of our employees and our customers is our priority,” Southwest said in an email. 

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey couldn’t immediately be reached for additional information.

Flight 864 left Fort Lauderdale at 9:29 p.m. – about an hour behind schedule – and touched down in New Jersey at 12:26 a.m., according to Southwest. 

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