UAL FLT diverted to ANC after passenger makes threat

A passenger on a flight headed to Japan from California is accused of becoming unruly and hitting a flight attendant, ultimately leading to the flight’s unexpected diversion to Anchorage on Sunday, according to court documents filed this week.

Seksan Kumtong, a passenger on United Airlines Flight 32, struck flight attendant in the face, grabbed the flight attendant by the neck and tie, and tried to push them to ground, Brenden Ryan, a Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent in Anchorage wrote in an affidavit supporting a criminal complaint that alleges Kumtong broke federal law by interfering with the flight’s crew and attendants.

“I will kill you,” Kumtong yelled during the incident, according to the document.

In an emailed statement from the airline, United said the flight was diverted to Anchorage because of “a disruptive customer.”

“The flight landed safely and we worked to get customers on their way as soon as possible,” the statement said.

Leading up to the violent altercation, according to the affidavit, Kumtong had been banging on the airport bathroom doors of the flight headed from Los Angeles to Narita, Japan. He was “shouting and acting unruly,” according to the document.

A flight attendant offered Kumtong a different bathroom before he attempted to shove the flight attendant but missed, the affidavit states.

Flight attendants decided not to serve Kumtong any more alcoholic beverages after more problems during the flight, according to the filing.

After falling asleep at his seat, Kumtong awoke and asked for more alcohol, and the document sates that when he was denied more drinks, he yelled and swore loudly.

The lead flight attendant asked Kumtong to slow down on the beverages. Then, according to the filing, Kumtong hit the flight attendant in the face and grabbed the flight attendant by the neck and tie, trying to force the flight attendant to the ground.

Passengers on the flight, along with other crew members, restrained Kumtong as he continued to act violent, yell and shout obscenities, according to the document.

That’s when the flight was diverted to Anchorage’s international airport, where it landed around 4:45 p.m. Sunday and was met by airport police, Customs and Border Protection, the TSA Federal Air Marshal Service and the FBI, the affidavit stated.

Kumtong is in federal custody and is being held at the Anchorage Correctional Center, according to Chloe Martin, a public affairs officer at the U.S. District Attorney’s Office in Anchorage. He appeared in court Wednesday and was appointed a federal defender. He has a continued detention hearing scheduled for Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Martin said. His defender wanted more time with Kumtong since he needed a translator, Martin said.


Do you have a link to where you found this report? Where was the departure and arrival airport of this flight?

I do I can get it if ya want it, to answer your question.

Yes please, and I am talking about the specific airports, like SFO or DEN and NRT or HND

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We’ve got a coronavirus threat and drunk threats. Gotta love being in the air.

Can’t wait to see United’s A321XLR on this route in the future 👀


People are goin crazy!

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Will send to ya. Departed LAX arriving in NRT

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Can you please send me the link too?

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Planes aren’t meant for a party. Planes are for getting from place A to B. 🤦‍♂️


Here you guys go!


This guy needs to chill. First the guy yelling he has coronavirus, and now this? It’s ridiculous and wrong.


Also @RotorGuy remember to give credit to! As it not your article! ;)

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Except airlines will do their best to enhance experience and make it like a party (Emirates, Qatar on-board bar).

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These are situations where its always handy to have a roll of duct tape.

  • Extremely drunk and annoying passenger on your flight? Duct tape.
  • Lavatory lock not working? Duct tape.
  • Drink cart not staying in place? Duct tape.

I have a feeling that would be a Ryanair fix for the door and cart


Some people will never learn. It’s just monkey see monkey do.

Btw I like the United A321 ;)


That’s so smart I agree with you 100%. Duct tape works for every situation.


Hi sorry been in class! Just got oht

Wait what!? Their gonna fly that small of a plane that far!?😯


That’s assault - what was this guy thinking?!?!

Also this made me laugh…a lot…!

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