Passenger arrested for disrupting flight to PDX

Passenger arrested for disrupting flight to PDX

Passenger arrested for disrupting flight to PDX

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by Teresa Blackman, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on March 12, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 12 at 1:52 PM

PORTLAND -- A passenger was arrested at the Portland International Airport Monday, after flight attendants said he harassed them and smoked a cigarette on a plane.

This is the second time this month that an airplane passenger has been arrested at PDX.

In the most recent incident, witnesses said Jared McKay, 29, became belligerent on a United Airlines flight headed from Chicago to Portland. 

According to court documents, McKay ordered four bottles of Jack Daniels whiskey on the plane and got upset when flight attendants decided to serve him water instead.  McKay reportedly poured the water on his seat and then refused to sit there, even when given a dry cushion.

At another point, McKay grabbed and harassed one of the flight attendants, according to court documents.  "As I served him, he grabbed my hand and said, 'I would like to keep you all night,'" the affidavit stated. The next time she served him, the flight attendant said McKay grabbed her hand again and said: "I love you. Let me prove it to you. I'll make this guy next to me move. Sit next to me and I'll show you." She brushed him off.

Flight attendants said McKay then moved to their galley, where he grew increasingly aggressive and demanded to speak to the pilot.

FBI agent Sean Hamblet questioned McKay and the flight crew for the investigation.  The affidavit said that some of the flight attendants told Hamblet they "felt intimidated" by McKay and feared that he was going to hit them or become physically violent.

The pilot said that he and the co-pilot locked the cockpit door after McKay began yelling in the galley, according to the affidavit.  Then McKay reportedly went into one of the plane's lavatories and lit a cigarette, which is illegal.

The pilot told Hamblet he almost diverted the plane to Denver because of the disturbance, but McKay ended up returning to his seat and passing out, so United flight # 1108 continued to Portland as planned.

When the FBI agent interviewed McKay, he claimed that "Habib the terrorist" dumped a drink on him and it was "in retaliation for something."  He said he has flown hundreds of times and nothing like this has ever happened to him before.

McKay was arrested for interfering with a flight crew, a federal offense.

Just last week, a passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight was arrested at the Portland airport after he reportedly lost his temper over the lack of first class seating.

In that case, Lamar Rogers became belligerent and scared other passengers so the pilot decided to divert the flight to Portland, according to court documents obtained by KGW.

Southwest flight #1010 had 49 people on board and was supposed to fly direct from Seattle to Sacramento, Calif.

More: Southwest passenger arrested at PDX

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