A United Airlines flight was grounded on Thursday after a passenger smeared feces over the walls of several of the plane’s bathrooms.
Flight 895 service to Hong Kong from Chicago took off Thursday morning as expected, but was forced to make an emergency landing in Anchorage Alaska due to a “passenger spreading feces everywhere,” according to Ted Stevens International Airport Police.
The adult male, believed to be around age 21 or 22, appeared to be somewhat disturbed to the eyes of fellow passengers. According to passenger Tricia Mason, he was "shaking the seats all around him... [and] pouring soda and water on the floor and on laptops."
BJ Canup, another passenger on the flight, also thought the man may have suffered from mental illness. “Something wasn’t right with him upstairs. I saw him spreading feces on the bathroom wall with his shirt. He was pouring soda and spitting food all over too.”
In addition to smearing the walls of several bathrooms with feces, he also took off his shirt and attempted to plug the toilet.
The unidentified subject cooperated with the flight crew when they asked him to take his seat as the plane diverted to Anchorage. Passengers on the plan also worked to keep the man calm before landing.
“These are the real #heros right here,” @united passenger BJ Canup said. “These men kept the young man calm as we landed in #Anchorage.”— SCOTT GROSS (@11ScottGross) January 5, 2018
Enrico Millo, Zach Baker, Evans Mendonca & Tri Nguyen kept #UnitedAirlines disruptive passenger calm. @ktva pic.twitter.com/uvujJgFFt5
Once on the ground, he was greeted by FBI and airport police. After a brief interview, he was taken away to Providence Hospital for psychiatric evaluation. No charges were filed.
Unfortunately for the passengers, the plan needed to be cleaned and serviced before it could fly again which meant that it was grounded overnight. All 245 passengers were put up in hotels by United and flew out the following morning.
According to KTVA, the subject was just released from an Evansville Indiana jail two days before getting on the plane. His family gave him a one-way flight to Vietnam to come live with them after living with his aunt in Indiana.