Passenger jumps out of jet to tarmac at Phoenix airport

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American Airlines’ planes are parked at a gate at LaGuardia Airport in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011. American Airlines and its parent company are filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as they seek to cut costs and unload massive debt built up by years of high jet fuel prices and labor struggles. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say a passenger on a commercial flight that had just landed in Phoenix sprayed other passengers with some sort of liquid and then opened one of the jet’s doors and jumped from the plane to the tarmac.

Phoenix police spokesman Tommy Thompson says the man randomly touched passengers’ faces and sprayed them with liquid from a spray bottle after the American Airlines flight from Minneapolis arrived Friday morning at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Thompson says the man was escorted to the front of the plane but opened a service door and jumped out.

He fell about 10 feet and suffered injuries described as minor.

Thompson says police do not know what was in the spray bottle.

The man was not identified.

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