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Alaska Airlines flies derived because passengers attempted to light a cigarette – twice



Passengers boarding Alaska Airlines' red eye flyers 1138 in San Francisco were in for quite a surprise. Over halfway through the plane they had to move to Chicago.

One of the other passengers tried to break one of the cardinal rules for modern air travel: Don't smoke on airplanes. Then the passenger refused to follow the instructions for the flight crew by trying to light a cigarette again.

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In an hour before landing in Philadelphia , pilots were forced to move to the Hare International Airport.

"Because of a disruptive passenger aboard and out of great caution, the plane was redirected to Chicago and landed at 4:22 local time," Alaska Airlines told CNN.

The Chicago police say they were asked to meet the plane because of the cigarette light passenger, who was "somewhat warring".

While the individual was escorted without a flight, the deviation was sheltered one hour on the second passenger's red eye plane, since the aircraft needed refueling.

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It is unclear whether the passenger will face any punishment for their actions. The FAA, which enforces the regulation the passenger broke, told the CNN incident is under investigation.

Chicago police say they are not arrested. The FBI and US Marshals tell CNN they didn't make any arrests either.

According to the agency's own recommendations, a flight attendant or manager should submit a non-compliance report.

CNN has requested Alaska Airlines if the crew from the aircraft have submitted a report but have not yet received a reply.


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