- An Alaska Airlines flight was forced to land on Wednesday after a naked passenger locked himself in one of the jet’s bathrooms.
- Alaska Airlines Flight 146 from Anchorage, Alaska to Seattle, Washington returned to Anchorage at 2:45 a.m.
- The passenger was removed from the aircraft by law enforcement.
An Alaska Airlines flight was forced to make an unscheduled landing after a naked passenger locked himself in the bathroom of the plane.
Alaska Airlines Flight 146, a Boeing 737, was on its way to Seattle, Washington, before the incident forced the pilots to turn the plane around and return to Anchorage, Alaska.
Airport police were dispatched when the flight landed at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport at 2:45 a.m.
“There was a subject on the aircraft that had barricaded or locked himself in the bathroom, the lavatory,” Airport Police and Fire Sgt. Darcey Perry told local TV affiliate KTVA. “Flight attendants did find that the subject was naked.”
A passenger on board the flight, Kate Danyluk, told the Associated Press that she knew something was amiss when flight attendants kept walking up and down the aisle and put on rubber gloves.
In an email to Business Insider, an Alaska Airlines spokesman said:
“Alaska Airlines Flight 146 from Anchorage to Seattle had to return 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. 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. Flight 146 departed Anchorage at 6:37 a.m. for Seattle.”
According to KTVA, federal officials say no charges have been filed as of Wednesday afternoon. No injuries have been reported among the 178 passengers on board the flight.