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Passenger’s ‘unruly behavior’ prompts plane diversion

By Dave Detling 4:16 PM February 10, 2014

FBI special agents arrested Nobuya Michael Ochinero, 38, at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

Hope Miller –


ANCHORAGE – A New York-bound flight was diverted to Anchorage early Monday morning.

FBI special agents arrested Nobuya Michael Ochinero, 38, at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Ochinero was a passenger on the All Nippon Airways flight, which was traveling from Tokyo to New York City, according to an FBI statement.

The FBI isn’t commenting on what exactly Ochinero was doing to cause the plane to be diverted, but flight notes on the airline’s website said “[t]his flight diverted to Anchorage due to cabin unruly behavior.”

Chuck Lustig was on board the flight and spoke to KTVA via Skype about what he saw in coach.

“He was making sort of strange noises at the time,” Lustig said. “He was spitting.”

Lustig, who was initially seated in front of Ochinero, said he changed his seat after Ochinero refused to stop.

“I notified flight attendants,” he said. “When the stewardess started talking to him he became more and more disgruntled and that’s when things escalated in the coach cabin.”

According to his account, a flight attendant and two male passengers were able to subdue Ochinero by using zip-tie handcuffs to tie the man down.

“I think there was a concern for safety,” Lustig said. “I sort of got nervous, not knowing what this gentleman was capable of.”

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