Alaska Airlines flight has forced landing after passenger takes clothes off after locking self up
An Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle was forced to return to Anchorage early yesterday after a passenger locked himself in the bathroom, took off all his clothes, and refused to follow crew instructions.
Kate Danyluk, a passenger on the flight, told The Associated Press she knew something was wrong because the flight attendants kept going back and forth in the aisles and had put on rubber gloves.
“Alaska Airlines flight 146 from Anchorage to Seattle returned to Anchorage due to a passenger not following flight attendant’s instructions. While no emergency was declared, the decision was made to return to Anchorage,” Alaska Airlines spokesman Tim Thompson said in an email.
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Airport police and FBI met the plane when it landed shortly before 3 am.
“The police came on and took him out the back door,” said Danyluk, an Anchorage teacher who was taking a “green escape” to attend a garden show in Seattle.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the man was arrested. The FBI did not return repeated messages to the Associated Press yesterday.
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