He Got High And Brought Everyone Down

By Benjie Cooper

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Southwest Airlines Flight 1250 from San Francisco to Los Angeles made an unscheduled landing after smoke alarms went off during the Wednesday afternoon trip.

Shortly after departing from the San Francisco International airport, a passenger entered the lavatory and lit a marijuana cigarette. The other passengers began to smell smoke, and the smoke detector in the restroom sounded its alarm.

“It looked like that someone needed to smoke a joint on a plane,” passenger Jonathan Burkes told KCAL 9. “And he went into the bathroom, smoked his blunt, and set off the fire alarm.”

Reporting a mechanical difficulty—the smoke alarm, and fearing a fire, the pilot turned the flight around and landed at San Jose Mineta International Airport at 4:10 and taxied to the gate.

Upon landing, local authorities took custody of the smoking passenger while the airline rerouted and supplied vouchers for the other 32 passengers.

Smoking on an airplane is prohibited under 49 U.S. Code 41706, lighting up in the lavatory is punishable by a $3,500 fine.