Man arrested at PDX after 'disturbing behavior' diverts flight from Seattle to L.A.
A 21-year-old from Washington was arrested at PDX on Wednesday after federal officials say his continued outbursts and "disturbing behavior" on a Los Angeles-bound flight prompted the pilot to divert to Portland.
According to the FBI of Oregon, Port of Portland officers took Douglas Smyser of Bonney Lake, Washington into custody at about 8 p.m. Wednesday.
The FBI said there were several incidents between the time the Compass Air flight left the gate at Seattle's SEA-TAC airport and when it landed at the Portland International Airport.
Witnesses and crew members said he threw his backpack around while claiming it wasn’t his, and paced the aisle and made several attempts to move toward the front of the plane. At one point, he claimed someone had a gun in the back row of the aircraft, the FBI said.
Another passenger helped contain Smyser and “used his body weight to physically block Smyser from leaving his seat” until Port officers took him into custody.
Smyser was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of menacing and disorderly conduct.
On Thursday, the FBI filed a federal criminal complaint that also charged him with interference with a flight crew.
He is expected to make his first court appearance on Friday afternoon.