Chicago-Portland Flight Disrupted by Smoker Demanding Whiskey

Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 10:12 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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A 29-year-old man flying on a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Portland was arrested after he allegedly became belligerent in demanding Jack Daniels whiskey, harassing a flight attendant and smoking in the plane's lavatory.

FBI agents arrested Jared McKay at the Portland International Airport Monday. The flight crew told FBI agents that McKay grew increasingly aggressive on the flight, and the pilot said that he nearly diverted the airplane to Denver because of the disturbance, according to KGW-TV. 

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The passenger ordered four bottles of Jack Daniels and became angry when flight attendants served him water instead, according to court documents. McKay allegedly poured the water on his seat and refused to sit there after he was given a dry cushion.

During questioning by the FBI, McKay said that "a terrorist" spilled water on him, and he was only staying in the gallery instead of sitting to dry himself off with napkins, according to The Oregonian. 

"As I served him, he grabbed my hand and said, 'I would like to keep you all night,'" a flight attendant said in an affidavit. The next time she served him, McKay grabbed her hand 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."

The captain considered diverting the flight to Denver and then Salt Lake City because of the passenger, but McKay eventually fell asleep.

It was the second time within a month that a passenger was arrested in Portland for an alleged disturbance. The Oregonian reported on March 5 that Lemar Sheron Rogers was arrested after an American Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Portland. 

Rogers became belligerent, scaring flight attendants and passengers with "gang signs, Jesus preaching and screams for booze," according to federal court documents.

Court documents said that Rogers told flight attendants in Seattle, which was originally heading to Sacramento, that he had first class seats, even though the Southwest flight had no first class, which set off the incident.

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