It never intended to land in Nebraska. This was literally fly-over country for the Boeing 737 heading to Canada from Jamaica.
But, then a disturbance changed plans.
The airplane made an emergency landing at the Lincoln Airport after a passenger became so unruly, flight attendants could no longer control him.
Lincoln Airport Police Chief Robert Ziemer says the airport prepared for the unexpected visitors and whatever might present itself once the plane landed.
The incident in the air turned rather meek on the ground.
“The male gentlemen, 48-years-old, was taken off the airplane without incident along with the four of his traveling companions deplaned,” Ziemer tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “Border Patrol and Customs were requested out of Omaha, since it was an international flight.”
And, since it was an international flight not expected to land in the United States, the remaining 140 passengers sat in the plane, on the tarmac, for three hours.
Finally, they were brought into the Lincoln terminal, kept separate since they had not cleared customs, and given something to eat.
“So, we kept them comfortable and segregated and gave them some breakfast and made them as happy with Lincoln as we could,” Ziemer explains.
The plane resumed its flight around six this morning.
The Canadian who started it all and his companions remained behind. A federal investigation is underway.
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this story.