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Masturbating Passenger Attempts To Escape From Flight, Causes Virgin Flight To Be Diverted

25/09/2014 13:34 BST | Updated 25/09/2014 13:59 BST
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In this photo taken on Thursday, April 24, 2014, and released by Virgin America Airlines, a Virgin America aircraft taxis into position at Dallas Love Field in Dallas. The airline said Friday, April 25, that it had won the rights to fly from Dallas to New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and San Francisco. They were competing for two airport slots that American Airlines agreed to relinquish as part of its merger with US Airways. The city has not formally signed off on the transfer, but is expected to vote Monday. (AP Photo/Virgin America, Bob Riha, Jr.)

A Virgin America flight bound from Boston to Los Angeles was forced to make an unscheduled stop in Nebraska after a passenger began masturbating on board.

The plane touched down on Monday morning at Omaha’s Eppley Airfield following the incident, which also saw the man allegedly try to open an emergency exit.

NBC Los Angeles cites an Omaha Police Department report as stating Doug Adams was “masturbating in flight and later tried to open an exit door.”

It adds Adams was taken to hospital for observation after the plane landed.

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KETV cites reports claiming the 26-year-old was having “psychopathic episodes and was subdued by an off-duty police officer.”

Passenger Willem Ban Den Bosch told the channel: “About an hour into the flight an attendant came on the speaker and said there was a medical emergency on board and asked if any doctors could come up.”

He added the passenger was not loud or violent.

Sam Slater, an LA film producer who videotaped police officers boarding the plane in Omaha and taking a man away in handcuffs, said the passenger was wearing a hospital bracelet and sat behind him on the plane.

"He asked if he could use the restroom. He'd been mumbling about not wanting to be violent," Slater told KCAL-TV.

Slater's business partner, Paul Bernon, said the man returned from the bathroom and began arguing with a woman sitting next to him and tried to tell an attendant that he wanted her to move.

A doctor examined the passenger, who was taken to a back row of seats that had been cleared for him.

"He at that point was fidgeting and began to remove the plastic covering from the emergency exit door and tried to pull to open the door," Slater said.