Another day, another story about someone going nuts on a plane. Maybe it’s the altitude?
Last week, an Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle had to turn around because a passenger refused to follow crew instructions after locking himself in the bathroom and taking off all his clothes. Just a standard Wednesday, right?
According to SF GATE, a passenger on the flight, Kate Danyluk, told The Associated Press that the flight attendants were running back and forth in the aisles with rubber gloves on – so she knew something was up.
“He had taken off his clothes and he just wasn’t in his right mind,” she said.
“The police came on and took him out the back door.
“I’d rather go back to Anchorage than have something happen. Safety first,” Danyluk added.
The Airport police and the FBI were waiting back in Anchorage for the plane when it landed around 3am – but have not released the mans identity.
Local authorities have not yet decided whether the man will be charged or not.
“There was a subject on the aircraft that had barricaded or locked himself in the bathroom, the lavatory,” airport police Sgt. Darcy Perry told KTVA.
“Flight attendants did find that the subject was naked,” Perry added.
In an email, Alaska Airlines spokesman Tim Thompson confirmed whilst the situation wasn’t technically an emergency, the crew still decided to turn back.
“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,” he said.
There were 178 passengers on the flight – which, after re-boarding, took off for Seattle just after 6:30 a.m.