NEW YORK -- New York Mets right-hander LaTroy Hawkins, headed on vacation to South America to go dove hunting, helped subdue and then escort a troublesome passenger off a plane after the Boeing 777-200 made an unscheduled landing in Peru, Hawkins indicated.
American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller confirmed two passengers on board Flight 945 from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to Santiago, Chile, assisted flight attendants in escorting an "unruly" passenger from the plane.
The flight took off from Dallas at 9:45 p.m. CT Sunday and made the unscheduled stop in Lima, Peru, at 4 a.m. Monday, Miller said.
"They were noncompliant, unruly, which happens on occasion," Miller said about the passenger removed from the flight. "And when it does, sometimes we'll divert a flight. For the safety of everybody on board, it's much easier just to get that individual off the plane. And that's what we did and turned it over to local law enforcement, and then the flight continued on."
Hawkins, a pending free agent, wrote on Instagram: "Escorted him of the plane after we made a emergency landing in Peru to drop him off. Long nite with a crazy Passenger."