A JetBlue flight from the Big Apple to San Francisco was forced to land in Minneapolis after a passenger was allegedly seen “snorting a white substance” and sexually harassing a woman.
Mark Anthony Scerbo, 42, of Mechanicville, New York, was arrested Sunday at Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport on suspicion of drug possession, NBC News reported.
Flight 915, which departed from JFK Airport, “was forced to divert to Minneapolis after a customer on board began acting erratically and aggressively toward crew members and other customers,” the airline said in a statement.
“The flight was met by law enforcement, the customer was removed and the flight continued on to San Francisco,” it added.
Cell phone video shot by Matt Kawashima and posted on Twitter shows a crew member explaining to everyone that the suspect had allegedly touched a female passenger and refused to wear a mask.
“Uhhh my @JetBlue flight JFK-SFO just got diverted to MSP because an anti-masker was snorting coke in the bathroom and sexually harassing another passenger,” Kawashima wrote.
“Props for to the crew for dealing with this maniac,” he added.
Scerbo, who made several trips to the bathroom, allegedly made “stabbing motions” toward the passengers and was seen “snorting a white substance,” the flight attendant said.
He added that a bag with the substance was found at the man’s seat.
“It was decided that all four flight attendants felt uncomfortable with what was going on,” he said. “This was the closest place to go, so we as a team made the decision to come here.”
The passengers could be heard laughing when told about the alleged drug use and erupted in applause when the crew member ended his narrative.
Scerbo also could face federal charges for possible crimes committed on a plane traveling over state lines, a Hennepin County Attorney’s Office spokeswoman told NBC News.