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HAPEVILLE: Unruly passenger diverts flight from Las Vegas
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LAS VEGAS -- Delta Flight 1702 from Las Vegas to Atlanta had to return to Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport Sunday morning because of an unruly passenger.

A passenger on the plane told 11Alive, "It was a pretty intense eight to ten minutes on the plane."

Ray Wronker emailed the 11Alive newsroom after arriving back in Atlanta Sunday night. 11Alive's Duffie Dixon spoke to Wronker by phone.

"Apparently the person sitting in the window seat in the exit row had undone the flap that gets you access to the handle of the [emergency] exit row door," said Wronker. "[Passengers] had jumped up trying to get the flight attendants' attention. When they did that he reached for the emergency door handle."

Passengers wrestled the suspect to the ground and the pilot returned Flight 1702 to the Las Vegas airport. Police detained the suspect and the flight took off for Atlanta a second time.

The Las Vegas Police Department did not return a call to 11Alive Sunday night.

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