Feds: Man denied beer on flight, locks self in lavatory

Pilot diverted aircraft to Portland International Airport

An Alaska Airlines jet takes off at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
An Alaska Airlines jet takes off at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A 32-year-old Alaska Airlines passenger was arrested for locking himself in the plane’s lavatory, where he screamed and pounded on its walls because he wasn’t served a beer, a newly unsealed federal indictment says.

Luke Thomas Watts, 32, appeared in federal court on Tuesday and learned that he was charged with one count of interference with flight crew members and attendants.

A not guilty plea was entered on Watts’ behalf.

According to the indictment, Watts was on board a plane headed from Sacramento to Seattle on March 14 when he confronted the flight attendants and made “express and implied” threats of violence because he was not served a beer.

Watts demanded that the flight attendants give him a hug, which the flight attendants feared could be an act of violence, according to the indictment.

When the pilot was notified of Watts’ alleged behavior, the aircraft landed in Portland.

Watts remains out of custody. A trial date has been set for July.

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