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Gibberish and excrement attack ‘not terrorism’

January 9, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Sabotage involving human excrement has forced United Airlines to divert a Hong Kong bound flight to Alaska, with 245 passengers having to be accommodated in hotels overnight at short notice.

A passenger stands accused of spreading excrement around two lavatories and attempting to flush his shirt down a toilet.

The captain of United flight 895 from Chicago to Hong Kong, operated with a B777-200, diverted the plane to Anchorage due to a “passenger smearing faeces everywhere”.

The Chicago Tribune quoted an FBI spokesperson saying the incident appeared unrelated to terrorism. The suspect did not try to interfere with crew.

Mental health issues are likely to be involved. Rather than place the man under arrest, FBI agents conveyed the man to hospital for a psychiatric assessment. He was handcuffed for his own protection and that of passengers and crew.

The paper reported that authorities required an interpreter to interview the man, who was carrying a Vietnamese passport, had a US permanent resident card and is aged 22. Even the interpreter could not work out what the man was saying, as he appeared to be speaking gibberish.

Planes operating international commercial flights must have a minimum number of working lavatories aboard, calculated by the number of passengers the plane can carry.

Written by Peter Needham

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