A bulkhead first class passenger on Thursday night’s Alaska Airlines flight AS755 from Seattle to Anchorage was removed from the aircraft at gunpoint on arrival in Alaska.
The flight crew had radioed ahead that they “possibly had an armed passenger on the plane” after the passenger allegedly “made a statement that he would shoot other passengers or blow up the plane.” There were no weapons on board.
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officers stepped onto the plane with their guns drawn and ordered the man to come with them.
“The guy, he was just kinda, ‘What, what’s going on – what the heck?'” Klein said. “They pulled him off and then pulled him in (to the jetway), and then that was the last I saw of him.”
Other first class passengers were held 15 minutes for questioning. A passenger sitting two rows behind the man “didn’t notice any unusual behavior during the flight.” The airport police chief says no passengers were in danger from armed officers were drawn weapons because the guy they were after was seated ‘up front’.
The man wasn’t apparently arrested, though police claim he “showed signs of intoxication” (although the airline won’t confirm that he had anything to drink during the flight).