Man in feces smearing incident was just released from jail
There were sure to be some unhappy travelers Thursday night when a United Airlines flight had to be diverted to Anchorage due to the actions of a passenger on board.
United Airlines flight 895 from Chicago to Hong Kong had to be redirected to Anchorage Thursday due to a "passenger smearing feces everywhere", according to Ted Stevens International Airport Police.
Airport Police say the adult male smeared the excrement within a couple of bathrooms, took off his shirt and attempted to stuff it in the toilet. He was cooperative with the flight crew and was seated when the flight landed in Anchorage.
Passenger Tricia Mason said the subject was, "shaking the seats all around him... [and] pouring soda and water on the floor and on laptops."
According to FlightAware.com, the plane arrived at ANC around 6:20.
The passenger was met by FBI agents and Airport Police at the plane and was interviewed by both entities. Airport Police say the subject was taken to Providence Hospital for a psych evaluation. No charges were filed.
The FBI says they're investigating the incident in conjunction with Airport Police.
The subject involved in the incident was released from jail in Evansville, Indiana, two days prior to the incident on board flight 895.
KTVA's Scott Gross is reporting family bought the 21- to 22-year-old man a one-way ticket to Vietnam to live with other family members. He had been a resident of Oakland, California, before living with an aunt in Indiana.
Airport Operations says the Boeing 777 was grounded overnight for maintenance, leaving passengers stranded in Anchorage. The flight is slated to take off around 2 Friday afternoon.
Passengers say United Airlines staff and pilots handled the situation perfectly.
"They were just incredible," one passenger said.
United Airlines said Friday they provided all 245 customers on board hotel accommodations and is working with each of them individually to ensure they get to their destinations as soon as possible.
United says their flight crew followed proper procedure.
Scott Gross contributed to this report.
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