The incident began after the plane took off from Las Vegas, and a 66-year-old passenger complained that he was cold, according to Officer Rob Pedregon, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Airport Police Department.
Local media reports that, around an hour into the Hawaiian Airlines flight, there was a disagreement between a passenger and the flight crew over the $12 (€11.30) charge for a blanket.
After landing, police officers and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents met with the flight crew and passenger and determined the man did not pose a serious threat.
"It was just a business dispute", Pedregon said.
The man was not under arrest or charged. The man insisted he should not have to pay because it was cold on the plane.
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So he asked to speak with the airline's corporate office.
"You know, if I was a passenger on board that plane I would have paid the $12 dollars for him", he chuckled. "I'm going to call the president", Enriques said.
But one passenger, who was sat across the aisle from the man, was told by staff the man had threatened the pilot. The $12 blanket fee provoked protests on Twitter, with one man tweeting he'll put Hawaiian Airlines "atop my "no fly" list".
"(The crew) took offense to the statement that he made.
Passengers on the flight had mixed reactions to the delay. The flight to Hawaii also continued its journey.
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Speaking with CBS Los Angeles, traveller Eileen Berstrom said the incident was "ridiculous". They chose to land the plane in Los Angeles.
Days later, passengers rejoiced when a man was kicked off a Houston-bound United flight for causing a disturbance that was blamed on racist comments.
Data from the Flight Radar 24 website shows that the diverted flight later continued on to Honolulu following its unscheduled LA stop. "Racists aren't welcome in America!"
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