Alaska Air Flight Diverts After Passenger Lights Up and Gets ‘Belligerent’

By Paul Riegler on 11 April 2019
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DSC_0684-EDAn Alaska Airlines flight en route from San Francisco to Philadelphia diverted to Chicago O’Hare International Airport early Thursday morning after a passenger on board lighted up a cigarette and acted in a “belligerent” manner.

Alaska Flight 1138 landed in Chicago at 4:22 a.m. local time “due to a disruptive passenger on board,” the airline said in a statement.

The passenger in question had lit a cigarette while the flight was in the air but extinguished it at the request of a flight attendant. He then, according to a police report, walked up and down the aisle of the aircraft “getting belligerent.”

The passenger was taken into federal custody upon arrival in Chicago and the aircraft refueled and departed for its original destination an hour later. The flight arrived in Philadelphia at 7:11 a.m. local time, roughly 26 minutes later than originally scheduled.

Smoking has been prohibited on all U.S. flights since 2000, at which time smoking sections on planes were eliminated.

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