An Alaska Airlines passenger was restrained and sedated after fighting with flight attendants.
One attendant said the man had been caught just before entering the cockpit.
The man maintains that he was not overdosing but experiencing a panic attack.
A man on an Alaska Airlines flight had to be restrained and sedated after attempting to fight multiple crew members, according to an affidavit filed in the United States District Court for the District of Alaska.
According to the affidavit filed Monday, the man was heard screaming in the bathroom. When approached by an attendant trying to assist, he punched the door open and began heading towards the cockpit with “drool and foam coming out of his mouth.”
The flight attendant told prosecutors that he blocked the man from continuing further and asked for a medical expert on board for assistance. A nurse who came forward suggested that the man be given Narcan — a medication used to treat drug overdoses — but only administered in a low dose. This is when witnesses say the man began resisting, trying to “punch and push on people and grab onto them,” per the affidavit.
After being handcuffed and given sedation medication, the man told passengers he was having a panic attack, not an overdose. Witnesses said that after the plane landed, the man tried to hide a piece of foil with a “white powdery substance” between the seats but was caught.
In an interview with law enforcement, the man says he was experiencing vertigo and had taken three HHC gummy bears before the flight, which he said could have contributed to his reaction. However, he could not explain why he had the foil, and at one point, he “appeared to tear up” when pushed for an explanation.
The man faces charges for simple assault within the maritime and territorial jurisdiction, interference with flight crew members and attendants, and application of certain criminal laws to acts on aircraft.
Alaska Airlines declined to comment.
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