A dozen passengers and three flight attendants required medical attention Friday after a can of pepper spray went off inside the cabin of a Hawaiian Airlines plane, the airline said. Those affected were treated for respiratory issues after the plane landed in Kahului, Hawaii, Hawaii News Now reported.
The airline said a passenger had illegally brought pepper spray on board the flight, which originated in Oakland, Calif. The can discharged about three hours into the flight, the spokesman said.
The incident is being investigated by the TSA and Maui police. The individual responsible for bringing the pepper spray on board could face civil penalties of up to $13,000, Hawaii News Now reported.