Feces-smearing passenger prompts flight diversion: Authorities

Airplane lavatory

The passenger was observed not only smearing the fun surprise all over the bathroom's walls but also trying to stuff his shirt down the toilet; likely in a bid to clog it.

United Airlines flight 895 was diverted to Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage, Alaska about 4:50 p.m. Alaska Standard Time, according to a spokesman for the airport's police.

The man, a 22-year-old Vietnamese passport holder with United States residency, was escorted off the plane in handcuffs and met by law enforcement in the terminal, Gamache said.

The flight was diverted due to "a disruptive passenger", United Airlines said in a statement, adding that the said passenger was handed over to authorities at Anchorage and was reportedly cooperative.

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A commercial airline flight from Chicago to Hong Kong was diverted to Anchorage Thursday night because of an incident on board the aircraft. "We provided hotel accommodations for our customers and are working to get them to their destinations as quickly as possible", United told The Washington Post in a statement.

Earlier in December, a flight faced a lavatory problem of another sort, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing. The man was not arrested, but was taken to a nearby hospital to undergo a mental evaluation.

Although the plane was met by both Federal Bureau of Investigation and airport authorities after landing in Anchorage, the man was not charged with a crime.

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