A Colorado man faces up to 20 years in jail and a $250,000 fine after refusing to wear a mask then standing up and urinating onboard an Alaska Airlines flight.
Man Faces Up To 20 Years In Prison After Standing Up And Urinating On Alaska Airlines Flight
Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were waiting for Landon Grier, 24, when his Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle (SEA) to Denver (DEN) arrived in Colorado.
According to an FBI affidavit, Grier admitted to having “several beers” and “a couple of shots” before boarding his flight. He claims that the only thing he remembered was that he fell asleep but was later shaken awake and “yelled at by the flight attendants who told him he was peeing.”
The FBI report notes that Grier had no recollection of urinating in the cabin or hitting flight attendants.
But flight attendants onboard told a different story. Grier was gently awakened several times and instructed to put on a mask, as required by federal mandate. He refused. First he swatted away flight attendants, but as they persisted, he became agitated and struck one. He then stood up and urinated at his seat, though it isn’t clear if he removed his trousers first.
A public defender has been appointed to represent Grier and he has been released on a $10,000 bond. He will appear again in court on March 26th.
Alaska Airlines refused to provide further details, simply noting:
“We will not tolerate any disturbance onboard our aircraft or at any of the airports we serve.”
I’ve made the point before and I will make it again. Over and over and over, if necessary. Heavy drinking and flying don’t mix. I have witnessed it myself: the idea that you can drink up, get buzzed, and then sleep through your flight is a dangerous gamble. Alcohol can have strange and unintended effects on the body and this young man may have effectively ruined his life by his poor choice. Don’t make that choice. Be responsible.