A flight from Oakland International Airport to Kahului, Hawaii on Maui Island took a frightening turn on Friday when a passenger brought a can of pepper spray on board Container distributed the pepper spray in the middle of the flight and injured several fellow passengers, the airline said.
12 passengers and 3 flight attendants were treated for respiratory problems when the plane landed at Kahului International Airport, Hawaiian Airlines said in a statement .
"Authorities surveyed a passenger and investigated a seemingly random discharge of canisters," the statement said.
It was the second unfortunate incident in connection with the departure from Oakland International Airport on Friday.
Earlier in the day, the plane was delayed 89 minutes and forced to return to the gate when a 15-year-old girl inadvertently shared a bizarre fake crime scene photo with fellow travelers through the iPhone's air-drop feature – another seemingly unintentional incident the co-travelers still scared
The passengers of the first class were reportedly the hardest hit by the pepper spray situation, passengers reported on Twitter. The passengers in the front of the plane were moved backwards until the pepper spray broke up
"The first class was hit hardest," wrote passenger Lisa Sakimura on Twitter.
Nicholas Andrade, another passenger aboard the flight, told Hawaii News Well, passengers covered their mouths with wet paper towels to prevent pepper spray irritation, and a baby on board had to vomit during the ordeal.
The airline said that all 256 passengers aboard the troubled flight received a travel credit of $ 500.
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