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Passenger Allegedly Smokes on Plane, Bites Police Officer

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | April 07, 2015

Passenger Allegedly Smokes on Plane, Bites Police Officer

While smoking is still acceptable in many settings, it hasn't been an approved practice on an airplane in more than a quarter of a century. And biting, well, that's universally frowned upon, making last week's incident in the Alaskan capital of Juneau that much more shocking. 

An Alaska Airlines passenger allegedly bit a police officer last Thursday after leading authorities on a foot pursuit across the tarmac at Juneau International Airport, according to KTVA CBS 11 News.

One of the arresting officers suffered an injury to his right hand, while the other was treated for a left wrist injury and bite on her cheek. 

The 55-year-old suspect, identified as David Cimino of Idaho, was asked to leave Alaska Airlines Flight 64 bound for Seattle after crew members found him smoking a cigarette in the onboard bathroom.

According to the police report, shortly after, Cimino led a pair of officers from the Juneau Police Department on a chase across the tarmac after refusing to identify himself. The man fought back before ultimately surrendering after the officers threatened to use a Taser.

Afterward, Cimino and the two arresting officers were taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital for treatment.

Cimino was treated for "several minor abrasions to his head" prior to being charged with two counts of assaulting a peace officer, two counts of criminal mischief, and one count of resisting arrest, according to the JPD.

He was later transported to Lemon Creek Correctional Center and held on $2,000 bail.

Fortunately for the rest of the passengers aboard Flight 64, the flight was only delayed by a few minutes. 

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