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Flight with 178 passengers forced to make U-turn after man stripped naked and locked himself in bathroom

By Emily Lewis 8:48 AM February 9, 2018
Alaska Airlines flight (illustration)

The trips of nearly 200 passengers were disrupted after a man decided to strip naked and lock himself inside an airplane bathroom, according to police in Alaska.

Anchorage police and the FBI said that they have removed the disruptive passenger from Alaska Airlines Flight 146 after refusing the orders of the flight crew.

The naked passenger was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation, and so far, no charges have been filed.

The incident unfolded on Wednesday during the flight from Anchorage to Seattle, Washington.

There were 178 passengers on board the Boeing 737.

About an hour into the flight, the man, who was not identified, stripped naked and locked himself in the bathroom.

Flight attendants attempted to coax the man out of the bathroom but he refused.

The pilot then decided to turn around and fly back to the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and have the police deal with the disruptive passenger.

FBI and Anchorage police greeted the plane at the gate and removed the passenger.

Due to safety concerns, all 178 passengers were ordered to leave the plane.

After three hours, the passengers were allowed back on the plane and it took off for Seattle.

Alaska Airlines offered all passengers a $150 credit for the inconvenience.