Alaska Airlines flight diverts after ‘security risk’

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Alaska Airlines flight diverts after 'security threat'

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

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An Alaska Airlines flight run by a subsidiary diverted to Portland International Airport on Sunday since of a security risk “related to an authorized occupant” in the cockpit dive seat, the provider stated.

Alaska Airlines didn’t right away state whether the person who was jump-seating in the cockpit was a pilot, though pilots routinely get dive seats in the cockpit to commute.

“On Oct. 22, Alaska Airlines Flight 2059 operated by Horizon Air from Everett, WA (PAE) to San Francisco, CA (SFO) reported a credible security threat related to an authorized occupant in the flight deck jump seat,’ Alaska Airlines said. “The team protected the airplane without occurrence.”

Law enforcement is examining, Alaska stated. The pilots’ union didn’t right away comment.

“We are grateful for the expert handling of the circumstance by the Horizon flight team and value our visitors’ calm and persistence throughout this occasion,” Alaska Airlines stated in a declaration.