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Plane diverts after man tries to kiss teen sleeping next to him: airport official

An Alaska Airlines jet passes the air traffic control tower at Los Angles International Airport (LAX) during take-off on April 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
An Alaska Airlines jet passes the air traffic control tower at Los Angles International Airport (LAX) during take-off on April 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. David McNew/Getty Images

SEATTLE – An official says a flight was diverted to the Seattle area after a man tried to kiss a sleeping girl next to him on the airplane.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport spokesman Perry Cooper said Tuesday that Port of Seattle police arrested the 23-year-old California man for investigation of fourth-degree assault.

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Cooper says the man attempted to kiss a 16-year-old girl who was sleeping next to him. The pilot was notified and reported it to police.

The Alaska Airlines flight was heading to Anchorage, Alaska, from Portland, Oregon. The girl remained on the plane when it later departed for Anchorage.

Cooper says the man was co-operative when he was arrested. He is expected to be booked into King County Jail.

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