A flight attendant reportedly used a coffeepot to subdue the man, while passengers restrained him. The American Airlines flight from Los Angeles made a quick turn to land in Kansas City, Mo.
As millions of Americans hit the skies for Thanksgiving Day travel, the Justice Department announced they are cracking down on criminal behavior of airline passengers.
The man's unwillingness to wear a mask triggered the assault, a witness said, and forced the cross-country flight to land in Denver. The female flight attendant was reportedly punched in the face.