Last evening, 99 nautical miles out of Seattle en route to Hawaii, the pilot of an Alaska Airlines jet turned the plane around after a man would not stop chanting at the top of his lungs.
Needless to say, the chanting knucklehead made most of, if not all of the 178 passengers aboard Flight 877 mighty uncomfortable. I mean, what a way to begin a pleasant summer sojourn to Kona.
According to Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Bobbie Egan, “the captain made the decision to return to Sea-Tac out of concern for his crew and passengers.” Egan added that the crew tried to reason with him, but without success – and the chanting went on (and on).
The chanting man, in this 30s, was seated in the main cabin, toward the front of the aircraft.
Egan declined to discuss the nature of the disturbing chant or what words were contained within it, but said the man delivered the unwanted refrain in English.
The man was removed without incident at about 9:30 p.m., and, after a round of relieved applause from the passengers, the captain took off again (minus one very annoying chanter) for Hawaii, landing at 1:16 a.m. local time Thursday at Kona.
The not-so-enchanting chanter was met by law enforcements at the airport.
“No arrest was made and no charges were filed,” Sea-Tac Airport spokesman Perry Cooper told Seattle Weekly. “He was escorted to the terminal where it was suggested to him that he take another flight on another airline to Hawaii.”