Plane passenger woke, stood, urinated on others and went back to sleep

The passenger was arrested after the plane landed, authorities said. Photograph: Stephen Chernin/Getty Images

An Oregon man faces charges after authorities say he urinated on passengers on a flight from Anchorage to Portland, Oregon.

Jeff Rubin, 27, was arrested early on Friday after JetBlue Flight 47 arrived at Portland International Airport, KOIN-TV reported.



A police report said passengers and airline employees told officers Rubin had been sleeping for most of the flight. About 30 minutes before landing, they said, he stood up and began urinating through the crack between the seats in front of him — and on to the passengers sitting there.

The report said he lost his balance and fell backwards, splashing urine on passengers, seats and luggage.


The cabin remained mostly calm, said Suzanna Caldwell, an Alaska Dispatch News reporter who was sitting two rows in front of Rubin.

“It’s not like anyone was screaming. I didn’t even realise anything had happened until the flight attendants came up to me and told me police were going to come on board,” she told the Anchorage newspaper for a story on its website.

Caldwell, who said she was not urinated on, said officers had to wake up Rubin when they got on board since he appeared to have fallen asleep again.

Rubin spent about five hours in jail and was released on his own recognisance. He faces charges of criminal mischief and offensive littering.

Rubin did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.