Air Canada aircraft on the ground

Air Canada flight makes emergency landing after passenger attempts to open cabin door

An Air Canada flight from Jamaica to Toronto was forced to make an emergency stop in Florida yesterday because a passenger attacked the crew with coffee pots and tried to open the cabin door midflight, officials said.

Brandon Michael Courneyea had to be tied down to his seat by crew members and other passengers, investigators said. A federal complaint said crew members contacted the FBI at about 7:30 p.m. when a flight attendant said Courneyea yelled at a few passengers for looking at him.

He then talked about how it would only take one guy to take the plane down and that he wanted to take everyone with him, the complaint said. He grabbed another coffee pot before a flight attendant confronted him, authorities said. When confronted, Courneyea lunged for the rear cabin exit door and began to pull the door lever up to open the door, according to the complaint.

He was then was restrained by crew members and fellow passengers on the aircraft.

The flight landed safely.

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