Who is Landon Grier? Colorado man urinates in Alaska Airlines cabin after refusing to wear mask during flight
Grier now faces a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars along with a possible $250,000 fine if convicted on the felony federal charge
DENVER, COLORADO: A 24-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly disrupted an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Denver. Reports indicate that Landon Grier refused to wear a mask and then urinated in the cabin. Grier now faces a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars along with a possible $250,000 fine if convicted on the felony federal charge.
A federal public defender was appointed to represent Grier, who made his initial court appearance this Thursday. He has been released on a $10,000 bond and his next court appearance is on March 26, 2021.
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Who is Landon Grier?
Grier who is from Canon City, Colorado was arrested by the FBI after his flight landed on March 9 as per an affidavit that was filed in the US District Court in Denver. The affidavit was filed by FBI special agent Martin Daniell III, who also interviewed Grier and crew members as per The Daily Mail. He said the accused, who "appeared" to be trying to sleep, lost his cool with a flight attendant who asked him "repeatedly" to put on his mask in accordance with the requirement by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The urination incident was brought to the attendants' attention by another passenger as Grier relieved himself near their seat area. As per reports, Daniell said that Grier had revealed to him that he had "several beers" and "a couple of shots" before he boarded his flight. He further added that when he fell asleep he "awoke to being yelled at by the flight attendants who told him he was peeing."
"He stated he had no recollection of hitting the flight attendant and didn't know if he was peeing," said Daniell.
As per 9news, an FBI agent described in court documents how the flight attendant recounted the incident. "She said passenger Grier first got her attention when he swatted at the flight attendant when she asked him to put his mask on. She advised later he stood up, took out his penis, and began peeing," said the agent. He added, "The passenger disruption occurred during a high workload environment while they were descending over the mountains in turbulent conditions. The disruption caused the pilot crew to divert attention from their emergency landing preparation." The aircraft made an emergency landing in Denver due to an "unspecified mechanical issue." The publication also revealed that Grier has a criminal record that includes burglary and drunk driving.
Alaska Airlines in a statement said, "The safety of our guests and our crew is our top priority. We will not tolerate any disturbance onboard our aircraft or at any of the airports we serve. We appreciate the efforts of our dedicated teams who are committed each day to keeping travel safe and respectful."