A disruptive passenger on an Alaska Airlines flight from Oahu, Hawaii to San Francisco was arrested and removed from the plane by multiple police officers on Sept. 27.
According to Lindsey Babb, a passenger on the plane, the man removed from the flight had been in the bathroom for 30 minutes and refused to come out. When police arrived, the passenger started yelling and resisting arrest.
In a video Babb recorded and shared, the man is seen without his shirt yelling at police officers as they try to drag him from his seat. At one point he yells “don’t arrest me” as they hold him down and try to restrain him. Babb reported that five police officers boarded the plane to deal with the unruly passenger.
Alaska Airlines confirmed the incident at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in a statement to Fox News.
“On 9/27 on Flight 710 (HNL/SFO) prior to departure, a guest entered the bathroom and would not come out. The safety of our guests and crew is our top priority. The flight crew contacted law enforcement to remove the passenger. The flight departed about two hours late. We sincerely apologize to our guests for the inconvenience,” the statement read.
Babb, who told Action News Now that she and her two daughters were terrified during the incident on the flight, said she felt the airline could have done a better job at handling the situation. She did note that the airline offered to reimburse her for the tickets.