Disruptive passenger causes a United Airlines plane to land in Alaska
By Azania Post Reporter
In what is said to be a mental disturbance, a 22-year-old US resident of Vietnamese origin travelling on board United Airlines plane had messed up the bathrooms of a plane with his own faeces.
The plane carrying more than 200 passengers which was travelling from Chicago to Hong Kong was forced to divert its route after two of the aircraft's toilets were vandalised with excrement, officials said.
The United Airlines flight was forced to make an unscheduled landing in Alaska due to a "passenger smearing faeces everywhere”. Police said the man, made no threats. It is not clear what led to the episode taking place.
"We received a report of a passenger”, the Anchorage Airport police spokesman Lt Joe Gamache said and added that a man was co-operative and faced "no appropriate charges for anything criminal", Lt Gamache added.
The man, who made no threats and did not try to interfere with the flight crew, was handcuffed by police at Anchorage International Airport and escorted off the plane.
Police told Anchorage TV station KTUU that he was taken to a hospital for a mental health assessment after being interviewed through a translator.
United Airlines said in a statement that flight UA895 was carrying 245 people when it was diverted because of "a disruptive passenger". Hotel accommodation was provided for those on board, the statement added.