Man in custody after calling in false threat on Ketchikan-bound plane in Seattle, officials say


Anchorage Daily News, Alaska

A plane scheduled to fly from Seattle to Ketchikan, Alaska early Saturday morning never took off after a man reported a false security threat.

One person was in custody after calling “false security threat assertions” on a flight to Ketchikan at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Sea-Tac Aviation communications manager Kate Hudson said in an email with.

The “nuisance” male passenger was removed from Alaska Airlines Flight 65 following the threat, according to Alaska Airlines spokesman Tim Thompson, who said law enforcement later determined the threat was false.

Thirty passengers and five crew members were on board the aircraft, Thompson said in a statement emailed Saturday morning. According to the Alaska Airlines website, the flight was originally scheduled to take off at 7:05 a.m. and land in Ketchikan at 8:11 a.m.

Police from the Port of Seattle responded to the plane at around 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. The plane did not take off and “out of caution” was moved to a safe location for further investigation, Hudson said.

Passengers on the flight were interviewed after departure and booked on the next available flights, Hudson said.

After the aircraft and its cargo passed a dog inspection, it was returned to Alaska Airlines. The incident had no impact on Sea-Tac operations, Hudson said.