FBI: Angry oenophile grounds flight, throws gang signs for Jesus
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A Seattle-to-Sacramento flight was grounded in Portland Tuesday when a passenger -- possibly thanks to some potent purple hash -- repeatedly and angrily demanded wine while throwing up gang signs for Jesus, according to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court.
According to the affidavit, Lamar Rogers was confrontational as soon as he boarded the morning Southwest Airlines flight at Sea-Tac Airport. He reportedly demanded to be seated in first class despite Southwest Airlines not have a first-class section. Rogers also refused to stow his bags, telling a flight attendant, "I do what I want."
Before the flight left, Rogers pushed the call button. When the flight attendant asked if it was an emergency, he replied, "Yeah, I need a [expletive] drink," according to the affidavit. Rogers would reportedly continue to demand alcohol before and during the flight, at one point requesting three glasses of wine at once.
According to the affidavit, Rogers was so agitated, vulgar and irrational, passengers seated nearby requested to change seats for their own safety.
In addition to the demands for wine, Rogers told a flight attendant who wouldn't give him her last name to "get the [expletive] out of my face" before adding "Jesus loves you," according to the affidavit. He also demanded multiple times to speak to the pilot.
Flight attendants considered zip-tying Rogers, who was reportedly throwing up gang signs throughout the flight, and prepared boiling water to use on him if he tried to get into the cockpit. A passenger was seated nearby to restrain Rogers if he became violent.
Eventually, the pilot decided to land in Portland for everyone's safety. According to the affidavit, Rogers repeatedly said "Jesus loves you" and "praise Jesus" as police officers escorted him from the plane.
During an interview with the FBI, Rogers reportedly said the people on the plane were evil and were discriminating against him because of his race. He said any gang signs he threw he threw for Jesus.
According to the affidavit, Rogers admitted to smoking "purple hash" -- a type of marijuana -- before the flight but said he never felt high.