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Aircraft forced to land in Denver because of unruly passengers, who screamed "you're all screwed"

(CNN) – A flight from American Airlines was forced to make an unsupervised stop in Denver after a male passenger became unruly, punched seats, yelled at other passengers and smoked cigarettes.

Originating in Phoenix, flight 2408 led to Minneapolis on Friday when the passenger became disruptive about an hour after takeoff. Passenger Jim Dickey, who is traveling for a meeting, said the man started screaming and threatening the other passengers.

"He punched the seat in front of him and the lady screamed," Dickey told CNN.

Dickey said the pilot announced that the flight died about 20 minutes after the incident began. The flight landed in Denver and the man was removed from the plane by law enforcement.

"You can tell by the sound that the plane started to go down pretty quickly after the flight attendant began to notice" what happened, he said.

At one point, the man went to the bathroom where he started smoking, Dickey said, adding that while he was in the bathroom he screamed "you are all screwed."

Some of the male passengers were prepared to physically restrict the passenger, he added.

"The guy just behind me changed seats at a time if things went wrong," Dickey said.

Denver7 reached out to Denver International Airport and a spokesman confirmed that the flight was diverted to Denver due to a disturbance.

The DIA official said that Denver police responded to the aircraft when it was on the ground and the passenger was transported to the hospital.

Information on the status of the passenger and whether he was arrested is unclear.

Dickey said the rest of the flight was the quietest he had ever been on.

"When we got back on the plane in Denver and went on to Minneapolis, I don't think anyone said a word," he said.

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