Alaska Airlines Flight Forced To Turn Around Due To Naked Passenger In The Toilets
A flight between from the Alaskan city of Anchorage to Seattle has been forced to turn around after a passenger locked himself in the bathroom and stripped naked.
The flight - which was carrying 178 passengers - made a drastic U-turn after the passenger refused to follow the instructions of the crew.
The plane was met back in Anchorage by the airline police and the FBI and they hauled the man off the plane. Although we don't yet know whether he was actually arrested, it looks so far as if he wasn't charged with anything for his antics.
One passenger, teach Kate Danyluk told the Associated Press that she first realised that something was afoot when the flight crew started moving quickly up and down the aisles, and - perhaps tellingly - put on sets of rubber gloves.
Passengers on Seattle flight last night got sent back to ANC after naked man barricaded himself in bathroom. Witness sent us video. @ktva pic.twitter.com/8cb6zx7pkG
- Liz Raines (@lrainesktva) 7 February 2018
She said: "The police came on and took him out the back door, he had taken off his clothes and he just wasn't in his right mind.
Danyluk clearly has her head screwed on though, and wasn't too annoyed by having to turn around and go back.
She added: "I'd rather go back to Anchorage than have something happen, safety first."
Obviously whatever she had on in Seattle wasn't that enjoyable.
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As ever in this world of constant social media coverage, someone captured a video of the passengers on the plane being told that they'd need to get off and back on again after the naked passenger had been removed.
They sent it through to Alaskan news channel KTVA.
A spokesperson from Alaska Airlines played down the incident.
Tim Thompson said: "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."
Weirdly enough, it's only about a month since another flight was forced to land in Anchorage after a passenger on the United Airlines flight between Hong Kong and Chicago smeared poop all over the walls of the toilets, then took off his short and tried to stuff it down the toilet.
In more distressing news, earlier the same day a former Alaska Airlines pilot pleaded guilty to charges of flying a commercial aircraft whilst under the influence of alcohol.
David Hans Arntson will serve up to a year in prison.
The US Attorney General for Central Los Angeles, Nicola Hanna said: "This pilot worked for the airline for more than 20 years, and we now know that he was an alcoholic who flew commercial flights while under the influence of alcohol.
"Thankfully, Mr. Arntson was never involved in an accident, but his conduct could have resulted in tragic consequences. Very few people will ever hold the lives of so many people in their hands at one time."
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