Passengers aboard a Southwest Airlines flight from Seattle to Sacramento, Calif., got to make a surprise stop in Portland, thanks to the behavior of a passenger who had apparently smoked “purple hash” prior to takeoff.
During the course of the flight, Sheron Lamar Rogers flashed gang signs, praised Jesus and demanded alcoholic drinks -- not necessarily in that order. Rogers was taken into custody at the Portland International Airport on Tuesday following his high-altitude antics and charged with interfering with flight crew members.
The incident with Rogers began when he boarded the plane Tuesday morning and claimed he had a first-class ticket, even though there was no first-class seating on the flight. Attendants then had to ask Rogers to stow his luggage three times. "I do what I want," Rogers replied, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S District court in Portland
After hitting the emergency button and demanding an alcoholic drink before the plane was even in the air, Rogers kept going when the plane reached its cruising altitude. Rogers asked attendants for three glasses of wine, was denied, and then brought up Jesus.
"Get the [expletive] out of my face," he said, "Jesus loves you.” He then began throwing up gang signs that he later told investigators “were for Jesus,” and “rambled incessantly” about Christ.
When he was met at the airport by Port of Portland, Rogers said he’d been smoking "purple hash" before the flight but he wasn’t high on the plane.