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Passenger strips naked on Alaska Airlines flight into Anchorage

  • Author: ADN wire services
  • Updated: May 15
  • Published May 15

Alaska Airlines jets in Seattle. (Mike Siegal/Seattle Times/TNS)

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An Anchorage-bound traveler ditched his clothes and streaked the length of a Boeing 737 for all to see, including a retired Alaska lawmaker flying home.

Former state Sen. Johnny Ellis said Monday two passengers tackled the naked passenger and locked him in a bathroom during Alaska Airlines flight 107 from Seattle.

"A completely naked man ran from front of plane to back, yelling and waving," the Democrat tweeted.

Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Bobbie Egan said a disruptive male passenger was detained during the flight but the plane landed without incident.

Law enforcement at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport took the unidentified passenger into custody at the gate and then transported him to a hospital, Egan said, without elaborating on the man's attire.

Ellis believed the passenger's father was one of the men who grabbed him during the flight.

Yahoo writer Daniel Roberts, who was also on the flight, tweeted that the incident happened about 20 minutes before landing.

"Very scary at first. all are okay, many now laughing. guy is restrained in back of plane," Roberts wrote.

The New York Daily News and wire services contributed to this story.

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