Three passengers have filed a lawsuit against Alaska Airlines. The plaintiffs were onboard Flight 2059 when off-duty pilot Joseph David Emerson, riding the cockpit jump seat, attempted to shut off the plane’s engines. He was dragged out of the cockpit and restrained as the flight was diverted. Emerson told the police afterward that he had taken psychedelic mushrooms for the first time and had not slept in the 40 hours before the flight.
The suit filed by Matthew Doland, Theresa Stelter and Paul Stephen alleges that Emerson should have never been allowed in the cockpit, CBS News reports. The plaintiffs also claimed that they had suffered fear of flying, anxiety and insomnia since the October 22 flight. Despite open-seeking class-action status for the lawsuit, their account of what happened during the flight differs from other passengers and flight data.
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