An Alaska Airlines flight from Anchorage to Seattle was diverted back to Anchorage earlier this month due to a naked passenger on board the plane. Airport Police and Fire Sgt. Darcey Perry said officers responded to Flight 146 early Wednesday, Feb. 7th at about 3:00 a.m., which had taken off but returned to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
“There was a subject on the aircraft that had barricaded or locked himself in the bathroom, the lavatory,” Perry said. “Flight attendants did find that the subject was naked.”
Chloe Martin, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney for Alaska Bryan Schroder, said that no charges had been filed so far in the incident.
“The suspect was transported by the Anchorage airport police to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation,” Martin said. “Beyond that, no determination has been made as to whether charges will be brought.”
Alaska Airlines spokesman Tim Thompson said in an email that the plane was carrying 178 passengers when it turned around “due to a passenger not following flight attendants’ instructions.”
“While no emergency was declared, pilots made the decision to return to Anchorage,” Thompson wrote. “Flight 146 arrived at Anchorage International around 2:45 a.m. and was met by law enforcement officers at the gate. The passenger was escorted off the flight by officers.”
Last month, a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Hong Kong was diverted to Anchorage due to a passenger reportedly smearing feces in the bathroom.
“We heard a loud bump in the bathroom,” passenger BJ Canup said. “I heard the flight attendant say it’s a physical thump.”
“It was quite a sight,” Canup said. “He had crap everywhere. I was able to see inside as they were talking him out. He was stuffing his shirt in the toilet then wiping it on the walls. I don’t know if he was trying to wipe crap on or wipe it off. He was shirtless and his shirt was beyond wearable again.”