Feces-smearing passenger prompts flight diversion

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A United Airlines flight was diverted Thursday night due to the disturbing behavior of a passenger on board.

According to Ted Stevens International Airport Police, United Airlines flight 895 from Chicago to Hong Kong was redirected to Anchorage following reports of a “passenger smearing feces everywhere.”

Airport Police said that the perpetrator was an an adult male who smeared the excrement within some of the bathrooms on the aircraft. He also purportedly took off his shirt and put it into a toilet, KTVA reported.

Following the incidents, the man cooperated with the flight crew and was seated when the plane landed in Anchorage at approximately 6:20 p.m., according to FlightAware.com.

FBI agents and Airport Police met the passenger at the plane. Following interviews with officials, the man was transported to Providence Hospital for a psychological evaluation. No charges were filed.

The incident remains under investigation by the FBI and Airport Police.

The Boeing 777 aircraft was grounded overnight for maintenance.

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