By Janine Puhak
Published September 27, 2019
No potty humor here.
Alaska Airlines pilots likely weren’t laughing when they recently diverted a cross-country flight, scheduled to travel from New York to Los Angeles, over a passenger who allegedly attempted to “storm the cockpit” after being told he could not use the first-class restrooms, as the coach bathrooms were full.
On Thursday afternoon, Alaska Airlines flight 411 diverted to Kansas City, Mo., after a passenger identified as Jwan Curry began acting “combative” and “unruly," KCTV reports.
Allegedly, Curry got upset during the flight when his request to use the first-class bathrooms was denied, according to CBS News.
According to the outlet, the suspect reportedly “tried to storm the cockpit” and made a “verbal threat to do harm to the plane,” CBS correspondent Kris Van Cleave said.
Alaska Airlines said that the 41-year-old man threatened the safety of the crew members and airplane, according to KCTV.
Curry was subsequently restrained, and the 737 plane went on to land in Kansas City without issue around 4 p.m.
When contacted for comment, a spokesperson for the carrier offered Fox News the following statement on Sept. 27:
"Alaska Airlines Flight 411 from JFK to LAX diverted to Kansas City yesterday afternoon due to a combative, unruly passenger onboard the aircraft, a Boeing 737-900. The passenger threatened crew members, and at one point threatened the safety of the aircraft," the official said. "We have no indication from our crew that the passenger attempted to breach the flight deck. The threat was a verbal one to do harm to the plane."
Upon landing, Curry was taken into custody by law enforcement officials and is currently being held in Platte County jail on an investigative hold for 24 hours, KCTV reports. A municipal court date is scheduled for Oct. 28.
Flight 411 safely continued on to LAX with 177 passengers and 6 crew members on board.
A rep for the Federal Aviation Administration said to Fox News in a statement: “Alaska Airlines Flight 411, a Boeing 737 flying from JFK to LAX, diverted to Kansas City International Airport due to a passenger disturbance. The plane landed without incident around 4 p.m. local time."