Naked passenger forces Alaska Airlines flight to make a U-turn

Traveller noticed something was wrong as she saw flight attendants wearing rubber gloves and walking back and forth in the aisles

A flight from Anchorage to Seattle was forced to make a U-turn on Wednesday due to disruptive behaviour on board.

Alaska Airlines flight from Anchorage to Seattle had to return as a passenger took all of his clothes off — Chris Parypa Photography / Shutterstock naked
Alaska Airlines flight from Anchorage to Seattle had to return as a passenger took all of his clothes off — Chris Parypa Photography / Shutterstock

A passenger of the Alaska Airlines flight locked himself in the toilet, reportedly took his clothes off and refused to comply with the cabin crew’s instructions. He was later escorted by police out of the plane in Anchorage.

“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,” the airlines’ spokesperson Tim Thompson said.

“The flight 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.”

The airport police, as well as the FBI, were present at Anchorage airport shortly after the plane landed.

“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 said.

“Flight attendants did find that the subject was naked.”

Kate Danyluk, a traveller present on board, said she knew something was wrong as she saw flight attendants wearing rubber gloves and walking back and forth in the aisles.

“The police came on and took him out the back door,” Danyluk said.


According to Chloe Martin, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney for Alaska Bryan Schroder, no charges had been filed against the passenger as of Wednesday afternoon.

Such incidents are nothing new in air travel. Recently, an impatient Ryanair passenger left the plane by an emergency exit. A few months ago, a woman caused an emergency landing when she found out about her husband’s affair.

Another man diverted a plane by biting his fellow passengers, while a ridiculously named wi-fi network, “Bomb on board”, caused unease on a plane flying from Nairobi to Istanbul, forcing the plane to land in Khartoum.