Plane Was Headed to Hong Kong, Until a Feces Incident

The United Airlines flight had to make a long stop in Anchorage
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2018 5:00 AM CST
A crew deices a United Airlines plane at Hancock International Airport in Syracuse, NY, Thursday. Jan. 5, 2018.   (Michael Greenlar/The Syracuse Newspapers via AP)

(Newser) – Using an airplane bathroom is often a nose-plugging experience, but passengers on a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Hong Kong encountered a new level of awful on Thursday night. KTVA reports the plane had to land in Anchorage after police say an unnamed male flier "smear[ed] feces everywhere," with everywhere allegedly encompassing two bathrooms, per KTUU. He also reportedly removed his shirt and tried to shove it into a toilet. KTVA describes him as "cooperative" by the time the plane landed around 6:30pm local time at Ted Stevens International Airport, and police noted he had no altercations with the flight crew.

The passenger was taken to a hospital where a psych evaluation was planned, and the rest of those on board were forced to spend some time in Alaska, as the plane was grounded through Friday afternoon so that clean-up could occur and maintenance could be performed, reports McClatchy. It notes the 16-hour flight had seven hours to go when the emergency landing occurred.

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