Plane makes emergency landing after man who was denied beer demanded hugs from flight attendants

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By: Chan Yuan

A plane passenger was arrested on a charge of interference with flight crew members and attendants after allegedly causing a disturbance during an Alaska Airlines flight, according to police in Oregon.

Portland police said that they have arrested 32-year-old Luke Thomas Watts, after being accused of demanding to be hugged by flight attendants because he was denied beer.

Watts was charged with one count of interference with flight crew members and attendants. He was released from custody without bail.

According to the police investigation, Watts was on a flight from Sacramento, California, to Seattle, Washington, when he threatened to become violent following a dispute over being served beer.

Watts threatened to become violent if the flight attendants did not serve beer. He then locked himself in a bathroom, and refused to come out until flight attendants give him hugs.

He then shouted and banged on the door of the bathroom, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing in Portland.