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Alaska Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing Due to Drunk Passenger

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | February 10, 2016

Alaska Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing Due to Drunk Passenger

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On Tuesday, an Alaska Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing when an allegedly drunk passenger became belligerent and threatened the plane’s crewmembers and other passengers.

According to Shamar Walters and Ali Gostanian of, Alaska Airlines Flight 769 was flying from Boston’s Logan International Airport to San Diego International Airport Tuesday night when a male passenger became disruptive.

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Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Ann Zaninovich told that the passenger “was told to calm down by flight crew, and then became agitated and verbally abusive, even issuing a threat to flight crew.”

Another passenger on the flight named Clair Conroy told that the disruptive passenger was angry that he was not permitted to drink the alcohol he brought with him on the plane. She went on to say, “He got very belligerent, saying, 'OK, but you know that now we are all going to die.' He kept saying, 'I'm not a terrorist but we're going to die.’ He then started making threats at the passengers.”

The incident caused the pilot of the flight to call for an emergency landing at the nearest airport, which happened to be Denver International Airport. The plane landed safely at the facility, and police officers were on the scene to board the plane and escort the man off.

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Denver Airport spokesman Heath Montgomery said no charges have been brought up against the unidentified passenger yet.

After an estimated 45-minute delay, Flight 769 took off once again en route to San Diego. The aircraft landed safely at its final destination at around 10:20 p.m. local time.


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