Man Tries to Open Cabin Door During Flight

By Scott Weber
|  Friday, Apr 23, 2010  |  Updated 3:06 PM PDT
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Crew members and other passengers on a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Tampa, Fla., subdued a man who apparently tried to open a cabin door during flight.

Stanley Sheffield was seated in first class on Delta flight #2148 when an hour and a half into the flight he began acting erratically.

Sheffield allegedly got up and went to the lavatory and when he came back, he grabbed a two-liter bottle from a drink cart and began to spray the first class passengers. While doing this, he allegedly yelled "Get behind me Satan" to a flight attendant and made several threats that he would blow up the plane unless it landed.

Several passengers intervened and were eventually able to subdue him.

The plane was diverted to Albuquerque, N.M. Once on the ground, federal authorities took Sheffield into custody.
 
The FBI says authorities do not believe the incident was terrorism related, but it's unclear why Sheffield may have tried to open the door. He's now facing charges of interference with flight crew members and destruction of aircraft or aircraft facilities.
 
Delta says there were 100 passengers and seven crew members on board flight 2148, but they were never in jeopardy. A spokeswoman says "the pressurization of the aircraft" makes opening the door impossible when the plane is in the air.
 

Sheffield appeared Friday before U.S. Magistrate Richard Puglisi, who scheduled preliminary and detention hearings for Monday.

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