Dietrick said that even through the headphones he was wearing he could hear someone in the bathroom playing “upset”.
It was then that the three Marines gathered outside the bathroom while a flight attendant opened the door, according to the statement. Once opened, the Marines limited the passenger with flexible ties.
“I knew I had to intervene when he became a danger to others and himself,” said Meinhardt. “I haven’t thought twice about how to help him hold him back for the rest of the flight.”
After securing the passenger to a seat, the marines kept an eye on him for the rest of the flight.
It is unclear why the passenger was upset.
“We are currently unable to identify the airline or comment on the passenger’s arrangement, as the accident remains under investigation,” Marine 2nd Lt. spokesman Kayla Olsen told spokeswoman.
The flight eventually arrived at Dallas Fort Worth international airport after being initially transferred to Los Angeles international airport, so that the passenger could be transported to a local hospital for a mental assessment, according to the statement.
The U.S. attorney’s office for the central district of California and the FBI continue to investigate the incident, according to the release.
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