An Alaska Airlines passenger faces the possibility of spending up to 20-years in prison for urinating in his seat, refusing to wear a face mask and interfering with flight crew. Landon Perry Grier, 24, of Canon City was returning to Colorado after a stint of working in a goldmine in Alaska when he was arrested by FBI agents at Denver International Airport following Tuesday’s incident.
According to an affidavit filed in the United States District Court of Colorado in Denver, the suspect told FBI agents shortly after being arrested that he had downed three to four beers, as well as a couple of shots before boarding his connecting flight from Seattle to Denver.
Landon also said he had taken over the counter painkillers and that he had no recollection of urinating on his seat or lashing out at the flight attendants onboard Alaska Airlines flight 1474.
One female flight attendant told the FBI that she first noticed Grier because he wasn’t wearing a face mask in accordance with a federal mandate and airline policy. She asked him eight to ten times to put on his face mask but he ignored her before “aggressively” swatting her hand away after she prodded his shoulder in an attempt to get his attention.
Later on in the flight, two other female flight attendants responded to a call bell where other passengers pointed out that Grier was urinating in his seat area. One of the flight attendants noticed Grier was exposing himself but when she asked him to cover himself up he responded by telling her: “I have to pee”.
Several other passengers had to be reseated and the flight attendants said that dealing with Grier delayed their cabin preparations for landing. They would, later on, realize that the plane had to make an emergency landing in Denver because of an unrelated mechanical issue.
The flight crew told the FBI that Grier’s actions had endangered the safety of all the other passengers and crew on board the flight and one pilot said he diverted attention away from the emergency landing preparation to deal with the issues in the cabin.
If found guilty, Grier faces a maximum sentence of up to 20-years imprisonment, as well as a fine of up to $250,000.
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Mateusz Maszczynski honed his skills as an international flight attendant at the most prominent airline in the Middle East and has been flying throughout the COVID-19 pandemic for a well-known European airline. Matt is passionate about the aviation industry and has become an expert in passenger experience and human-centric stories. Always keeping an ear close to the ground, Matt's industry insights, analysis and news coverage is frequently relied upon by some of the biggest names in journalism.