A man was escorted off an Alaska Airlines flight by cops after he stripped and charged towards the cockpit as the plane was landing in Anchorage Monday night.
One of the men who helped restrain the man says he slapped him and the crazed man said he 'liked it'.
Former Alaska state Sen. Johnny Ellis was on the flight from Seattle, and described the debacle in a post on Twitter, saying the man eventually reversed course, running to the back of the plane while yelling and waving.
Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Bobbie Egan said in a statement Monday night that the flight landed without incident and the disruptive male passenger, who has not been named, was edtained.
A man stripped naked and charged towards the cockpit as his Alaska Airlines flight was landing in Anchorage on Monday. Above, an image of an Alaska Airlines plane
She says he was removed by law enforcement after the plane parked at the gate and was then transported to a local hospital. She didn’t say whether the man was clothed or what led to the incident.
Another passenger on the flight, Nick Steffl, helped take down the man, with the help of the deranged man's father.
Steffl was seated a few rows back from the man, near the rear of the plane, and was listening to an audio book when the naked man started running towards the cockpit.
'I thought it was some kind of attack,' Nick Steffl said.
When the naked man reversed course and ran to the rear of the jet, Steffl confronted him. Another passenger, who turned out to be the man's father, helped restrain the man and the jet landed safely about 45 minutes later.
Nick Steffl helped restrain the man, and says at one point he slapped him and the crazed man said he 'liked it'
Steffl, 30, was on his way to Alaska for a summer tourism job. He said Tuesday the incident in retrospect had elements of humor but was not funny high in the sky.
The man was assigned a seat two rows ahead of Steffl near the back of the jet. Steffl noticed the man watching a movie he'd seen, 'The Disaster Artist.' The movie contains a prominent scene with actor James Franco naked.
Steffl did not see the man remove his clothes but looked up to see him 15 rows ahead, running forward.
'I heard him whooping and hollering like he was having a good time, 'Woo-hoo,'' Steffl said.
Former Alaska state Senator Johnny Ellis was on the flight and recounted the incident in a series of tweets
Steffl weighs about 185 pounds. He guessed the naked man was about 22 years old and only about 140 pounds. Steffl unbuckled his seat belt and stood in front of him. The young man went into 'bro' mode, Steffl said.
'He said, "Hey man, what's going on?"' Steffl said. 'And my adrenalin is just pumping. I'm in flight response, after a guy's running toward the cockpit after a post 9/11 flight. I was almost raging at that point.'
In a profanity-laced question, Steffl asked the man what he was doing. The man replied with a 'smartass' response. Steffl slapped him. The young man was never violent.
'I was the one that got violent,' Steffl said. 'I slapped him across the face and he was like, "Oh, I like it."'
Within seconds, another passenger, possibly the young man's father, pinned his arms behind him and escorted him to the crew work area, Steffl said. Flight attendants swarmed in and may have restrained him. Out of sight, the man shouted out crazy things the rest of the flight, Steffl said.
FBI agents contacted the man in Anchorage but left him in the care of airport police, FBI spokeswoman Staci Feger-Pellessio said.
Airport spokeswoman Trudy Wassel said airport police responded to a 'medical' incident on the flight but that confidentiality rules prohibited her from additional comment.