An Alaska Airlines flight was forced to turn around following a case involving a naked passenger. Reports released from airport officials indicate that Airport Police responded to Alaska Airlines Flight 146 when it returned to Ted Stevens Anchorage International airport around 3:00 a.m. Wednesday.
The flight was scheduled to depart from Anchorage to Seattle, KTVA reported.
“There was a subject on the aircraft that had barricaded or locked himself in the bathroom, the lavatory,” Fire Sgt. Darcey Perry said, KTVA reported. “Flight attendants did find that the subject was naked.
The officials revealed that the passenger locked himself in the bathroom, where he took off his clothing. The airline’s website indicated that the flight was originally scheduled to take off at 1:25 a.m., ultimately departed again at 6:37 a.m.
According to FlightAware, the plane turned around near Prince William Sound. Two of the passengers aboard the plane, Manuel Frederick and Andrew Tisba, described the man’s behavior before takeoff as odd.
“Everybody saw that there was something weird with him, but nobody did nothing,” Tisba told KTVA.
“It’s sad that one person can have such a negative impact on a big group of people for seemingly no reason,” he added.
The naked man was interviewed by FBI agents back at the airport, Perry said, KTVA reported. It remains unclear as to whether the man was arrested.
According to Alaska Airlines spokesman Tim Thompson, the aircraft turned around “due to a passenger not following flight attendants’ instructions,” KTVA reported.
“While no emergency was declared, pilots made the decision to return to Anchorage,” Thompson said. “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,” he said.