Alaska Airlines Plane Turns Back After Passenger Strips

A traveler stripped exposed and secured himself a lavatory on an Alaska Airlines flight Wednesday, compelling the plane to come back to Anchorage soon after departure. Air terminal Police and Fire Sgt. Darcey Perry affirmed the occurrence to KTVA TV of Anchorage, saying officers were dispatched to meet Alaska Flight 146 when it came back to the air terminal there at around 3 a.m. neighborhood time.

“There was a subject on the air ship that had blockaded or secured himself in the washroom, the toilet,” Perry said to KTVA. “Flight orderlies found that the subject was stripped.”

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“The police went ahead and took him out the indirect access,” Kate Danyluk, an Anchorage instructor on board Flight 146, said to The Associated Press.

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She told the news office she at first presumed something was not right when flight specialists continued backpedaling and forward in the passageways and had put on elastic gloves. Danyluk said she never observed the man after he apparently took his garments off, revealing to AP that few other men stood adjacent to hinder the view. She said he got notification from others on the planes that “he had removed his garments and he simply wasn’t in his correct personality.”

The flight originally departed at 1:21 a.m. local time, but circled back to Anchorage less than an hour later, according to a flight recap from flight-tracking service FlightAware. It landed at 2:44 a.m. local time and arrived to the gate at 3:14 a.m. local time, FlightAware’s data showed.

Flight 146 passengers were asked to deplane, but eventually departed for Seattle on an aircraft that left Anchorage at 6:37 a.m. local time. They arrived to Seattle around 11 a.m. local time, about five hours later than originally scheduled. FBI and airport police met the plane upon landing, though it was unclear whether the man would face charges, according to AP.

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