According to officials, an Alaska Airlines aircraft from Seattle to Anchorage was diverted after a passenger began threatening personnel and those nearby, and their group refused to obey orders for mask use.
Several persons in the same group were removed from Saturday’s flight before takeoff in Seattle for what Alaska Airlines described as “disruptive behavior.”
Others in that group were allowed to board the plane, but once in the air, “at least one passenger who was part of the remaining group proceeded to threaten our crew members and nearby guests,” according to Alaska Airlines.
According to an online report by Alaska State Troopers, the five passengers “were not following flight attendant instructions related to mask wear and were utilizing foul language during the flight.”
According to troopers, there was no physical altercation.
The flight was rerouted to Juneau, where troopers and Juneau police officers removed the five passengers. According to flight-tracking data, the airplane took off around an hour later from Juneau International Airport.