Miami-Dade County

Unruly passenger restrained, arrested on Miami-bound American Airlines plane

A Canadian man is in federal custody after he tried to rush the front of the plane at the end of a flight from Jamaica to Miami as the busy Memorial Day weekend got started on Friday.

Ryan Snider, 24, is facing federal and state charges, including interference with a flight crew, according to the FBI.

Authorities declined to provide Snider’s hometown.

Friday’s incident after the plane landed in Miami from Montego Bay. FBI spokesman Michael Leverock said the outburst was not terrorism-related and that Snider’s name was not on the "no fly list."

American Airlines Flight 320 with 165 people onboard landed safely at Miami International Airport at around 10:20 a.m. Friday and remained at the gate as police arrested Snider and investigators arrived, airport spokesman Greg Chin said.

The passengers were eventually let off and taken to a terminal. They left without talking to reporters.

Snider became unruly after the plane landed.

“He didn’t obey the crew members’ instructions to sit down,” said American Airlines spokeswoman Dori Alvarez in Miami. She described the suspect as a “disoriented male passenger” who “moved toward the front of the aircraft” after it had landed and was taxiing toward the gate.

“He was subdued” by others on the plane,” Alvarez said, before being taken into custody by police.

According to Miami-Dade Detective Alvaro Zabaleta, Snider appeared to be drunk and tried to rush the cockpit. He was charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest by Miami-Dade police.

Snider’s court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday. It’s not known if he has an attorney.

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