An Alaska Airlines flight operated by its subsidiary made an unscheduled diversion to Portland International Airport on Sunday due to a security threat that was “related to an authorized occupant” in the cockpit’s jump seat, the airline announced.
While Alaska Airlines did not immediately clarify whether the individual occupying the cockpit’s jump seat was a pilot, it is common for pilots to use these jump seats for commuting.
“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,” stated Alaska Airlines. “The crew secured the aircraft without incident.”
Law enforcement agencies are actively investigating the matter, and the pilots’ union has not issued an immediate comment.
Alaska Airlines expressed its gratitude for the professional handling of the situation by the Horizon flight crew and commended the passengers for their calm and patience during the event. The incident underlines the importance of maintaining safety and security measures on commercial flights, particularly in the cockpit, where strict security protocols are enforced to safeguard passengers and the aircraft.