A passenger on a Frontier Airlines flight leaving Cancun for St. Louis opened a cabin door and deployed the Notdia, a spokesman for the airline to USA TODAY was confirmed in a statement Thursday

After the passenger said he was feeling sick, he got excited and caused the flight to return to the gate. However, on the way to the gate, the passenger became "physically violent" with a flight attendant and tried to leave the plane.

"Crew members, assisted by a few passengers, held the person back until the authorities arrived," the statement said. "Officials transported the passenger for a medical evaluation."

The plane was removed from service due to the chute used for a maintenance check, and Frontier re-booked passengers to other flights and provided hotel accommodation.

"We understand that unexpected delays are frustrating and are working to get our passengers to their destinations as soon as circumstances allow," it said.

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