Alaska Airlines flight diverted following ‘security threat’

Travelers wait to check in at the Alaska Airlines counter at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in San Francisco, California.

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A Alaska Airlines A flight operated by a subsidiary was diverted to Portland International Airport on Sunday due to a security threat “related to an authorized occupant” in the cockpit jump seat, the carrier said.

Alaska Airlines did not immediately say whether the person occupying the cockpit jump seat was a pilot, although pilots regularly take cockpit jump seats to get to work.

“On October 22, Alaska Airlines Flight 2059 operated by Horizon Air from Everett, Washington (PAE) to San Francisco, California (SFO) reported a credible security threat related to an authorized occupant in the cockpit jump seat. pilotage,” Alaska Airlines said. “The crew secured the aircraft without incident.”

Law enforcement is investigating, Alaska said. The pilots’ union had no immediate comment.

“We are grateful for the professional handling of the situation by the Horizon flight crew and appreciate the calm and patience of our guests throughout this event,” Alaska Airlines said in a statement.

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