The Wednesday morning flight from Chicago to Baltimore was then held back a second time when two more drunk passengers reportedly locked themselves in the plane's bathroom.
Human passengers weren't the only ones aboard a New Jersey-bound Spirit Airlines flight, videos posted to social media show.
"A smell resembling oil presented on-board," officials said. Paramedics who were called to the scene checked 15 people.
Prabhu Ramamoorthy told an FBI agent during an interview that he put his finger in the female passenger's pants and tried to fondle her.
Footage of the incident was captured by another passenger.
After he was revived, the man was wheeled off the plane by paramedics and transported to Metro Detroit Hospital.
A mother and her 2-year-old son were removed from a Spirit Airlines flight after the mom asked for more time to breastfeed her son.