NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WITI) -- An American Airlines flight from Dallas to Nashville took more than eight hours to take off and was delayed three times after a man reportedly joked about having coronavirus.
Flight 1076 to Nashville was supposed to arrive at 8:40 p.m. Saturday but did not finally arrive at BNA until 4:40 a.m. Sunday. The man, who has not been identified, reportedly wouldn't lift his tray table up before the plane took off, at which point he claimed he had coronavirus, WKRN reports.
HAZMAT crews and police officers boarded the plane and had the man removed.
Panic soon turned to frustration for passengers of the plane as part of the flight crew did not want to fly after the incident. Crew issues and maintenance issues led to further delays, all totaling about eight hours. The man who created the initial havoc was arrested. American Airlines acknowledged that the passenger was arrested for making a false claim.