Thursday, July 03, 2014

Chanter turns back Alaska Airlines flight to Kona Alaska Airlines: Chanter did not have to be restrained; Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (KSEA), Washington

HONOLULU —Alaska Airlines says a flight from Seattle to Kona had to be turned back because of a chanter.  

Flight 877 left Seattle-Tacoma International Airport left Wednesday night headed to Kailua-Kona.   About 90 minutes into the flight, officials say a man toward the front of the main cabin started chanting.

With passenger getting uncomfortable, the pilot turned around and flew back to Seattle.  Alaska Airlines officials say the man did not have to be restrained.

A passenger says airport police escorted the man off the plane.

About an hour later, the plane took off again and landed in Kona at around 1:15 a.m. Thursday.

There were 178 passengers on board the flight and no one was injured.

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SEATTLE (AP) - Officials say a man who was loudly chanting on an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Hawaii made the other passengers uncomfortable and prompted the crew to return and drop him off with law enforcement at Sea-Tac Airport.

Airlines spokeswoman Nancy Trott says the captain made the right decision for safety Wednesday night.

Trott says the man was removed without incident about 9:30 p.m. Flight 877 resumed with 178 passengers and landed at 1:16 a.m. local time Thursday at Kona.

Trott didn't know what the man was chanting or why. She says the crew tried to reason with him without success.

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