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Feces-smearing passenger prompts flight diversion: Authorities

06 January 2018
Feces-smearing passenger prompts flight diversion: Authorities

The United Airlines website indicated that Flight 895 was diverted to Anchorage, and the departure to Hong Kong was cancelled due to "operational difficulties".

A United Airlines flight was diverted to Anchorage on Thursday night after a passenger smeared the inside of the cabin with his own feces. The flyer was reportedly cooperative with the flight crew and remained seated after his bathroom escapades were stopped.

The flight landed in Anchorage about 6:30 p.m. and was met by local and federal law enforcement, police said. There were more than seven hours left in the planned 16-hour flight when the emergency landing had to be made.

The man, a 22-year-old Vietnamese passport holder with USA residency, was escorted off the plane in handcuffs on Thursday night and met by law enforcement in the terminal, Gamache said.

Although the plane was met by both Federal Bureau of Investigation and airport authorities after landing in Anchorage, the man was not charged with a crime. Police told KTVA the man underwent a psych evaluation at a hospital and that no charges were filed.

No one was injured during the incident, KTUU reports.

United Airlines has not yet responded to requests for comment.