An Alaska Airlines jet was escorted by 2 F-15 fighter jets in to Seattle-Tacoma Airport (SEA) Thursday night for what is being called a Hijack Hoax.
‘A caller told the Honolulu FBI office on Thursday afternoon that a man aboard the flight was a possible hijacker, said FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu.
FBI agents, Port of Seattle police and Transportation Security Administration personnel were waiting for the passenger in Seattle, [Seattle FBI spokeswoman Ayn] Dietrich said.
Officers boarded the jet through rear stairs and removed the man from the plane, airline spokesman Paul McElroy said. The passenger had been seated at the back of the aircraft and “slept most of the flight,” he added.’
Alaska Flight 819, a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, landed at Seattle (inbound from Kona, Hawaii) at about 7:00 PM PST.
Agents talked to the unidentified man for nearly two hours, Dietrich said. She described him as cooperative.
The FBI is not releasing any details about the caller.
Passengers deplaned normally after the man was removed. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport spokesman Perry Cooper said airport K-9 dogs then checked the plane but found nothing amiss.