Authorities say a St. Louis-bound Southwest Airlines flight was forced to return to Oakland International Airport after a male passenger stripped, hit another
passenger and fought with crew members.
Alameda County sheriff’s deputies say Flight 947 returned yesterday morning after 21-year-old Darius Chappille of Oakland allegedly exposed himself to the female passenger sitting next to him and punched her in the face.
Lt. Howard Jacobs says flight attendants and other passengers then subdued Chappille, who disrobed. He was apparently completely naked when sheriff’s deputies arrested him. Chappille and the woman were taken to the hospital for minor injuries.
A Southwest Airlines representative says the flight took off from Oakland again around 10:16 a.m.
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