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Indictment: Unruly passenger demanding beer, hug forced plane to land at PDX

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A man who made threats while demanding beer and a hug from flight attendants forced a plane to make an unscheduled landing at Portland International Airport, according to a federal indictment.

Alaska Airlines flight 800 had 162 passengers flying from Sacramento, California to Seattle on March 14.

A federal indictment states 32-year-old Luke Thomas Watts was one of the passengers.

According to the indictment, Watts made threats that he would become violent if he was not served beer.

He then locked himself in a bathroom, according to court documents, where he screamed and pounded on the walls while demanding the flight attendants give him a hug.

The flight attendants told investigators Watts' behavior placed them in fear of violence. The pilot diverted the plane from its scheduled destination of Seattle to Portland, where Watts was taken into custody. 

A Port of Portland police report at the time of the incident described him as "highly intoxicated." 

Watts was arraigned in court Tuesday on the federal charge of interfering with flight crew members and attendants.

Watts was released following the hearing with a number of conditions, including not possessing a firearm or any weapon, not using alcohol to excess and not using drugs, including medical marijuana. He may have to submit to testing, counseling or a mental health evaluation.

Watts is also prohibited from traveling by airplane without approval of Pretrial Services, according to court documents.

His trial is scheduled to begin July 12.

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