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American Airlines flight from Miami to NYC diverts to Jacksonville after pepper spray incident

An American Airlines flight traveling from Miami to New York City was diverted to Jacksonville, Florida, after someone inadvertently sprayed a bottle of pepper spray in the cabin, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed to USA TODAY.

The FAA said the incident happened Sunday night on American Airlines Flight 1680. The aircraft was cleaned after the incident and continued to LaGuardia Airport in New York City without further incident.

The FAA said it will investigate the incident.

According to the Transportation Security Administration, one 4 fluid ounce container of mace or pepper spray is permitted in checked baggage if it is equipped with a safety mechanism to prevent accidental discharge, but they are not allowed in carry-on bags.


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