Pepper spray goes off on United Airlines plane.
Flight UA1061 was preparing for takeoff destined for Newark, NJ when an unnamed man sat in one of the exit rows had accidentally released the small canister of pepper spray he carried on his key chain.
“Everybody started coughing, and during COVID everybody starts looking around. I grabbed my mask,” said Joseph Grande, a passenger on the plane.
“One of the gentlemen in the exit row, which was like two rows in front of me to my left, was like oh, I accidentally hit this thing on my key chain.”
Some passengers chose to leave the aircraft but could not simply catch another flight due to coronavirus restrictions – United Airlines is currently operating flights between Fort Myers and Newark only every other day.
Grande and his fiancée did decide to leave the aircraft but claimed they received little rebooking help from the airline.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) confirmed that its agents had missed the item during pre-check and investigation is underway.
While it is forbidden to bring pepper spray onboard an aircraft, it is considered legal in all 50 states of the US as a personal defence weapon.