An Alaska Airlines flight bound for Philadelphia had to be diverted during the course of its journey from San Francisco after a passenger twice attempted to light their cigarette. The incident, which saw Alaska Airlines Flight 1138 divert to Chicago, happened in the early hours of Thursday morning.
A Philadelphia-bound Alaska Airlines flight from San Francisco had to be diverted this week after a passenger twice attempted to light a cigarette in mid-air, reports CNN. The incident occurred on Alaska Airlines Flight 1138, which was diverted to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) in the early hours of Thursday morning.
According to the outlet, the unnamed passenger was warned twice by the cabin crew not to light a cigarette in the cabin.
The carrier confirmed the incident to the outlet, saying, “Due to a disruptive passenger on board and out of an abundance of caution, the flight was diverted to Chicago and landed at 4:22 a.m. local time.”
Local police in Chicago met the craft upon landing and escorted the passenger, who was described as “somewhat belligerent”, off of the plane. The plane then re-fueled before continuing its onward journey.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has confirmed that it is investigating the incident, but Alaska has not offered any additional comment.
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