‘An intoxicated rock musician’: Jimmy Page’s 1995 in-flight smoking incident

An entrance to Portlant International Airport

The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) was notified in 1995 about an incident in which Jimmy Page locked himself in a plane toilet to smoke a cigarette and was met at Portland International Airport by a police officer.

That’s according to the original police report for the incident which LedZepNews has obtained through a records request and published in full at the end of this article. It describes an officer from the Port of Portland Police Department meeting an “intoxicated rock musician” identified as Page who asked to be arrested.

The incident took place on Flight 2032 from San Francisco to Portland on May 23, 1995. Page had performed with Robert Plant in San Jose, California on May 20 and was travelling to their next show which was due to take place in Portland that evening.

According to articles published at the time in The New York Times and The Independent, during the flight Page locked himself in a toilet and began smoking which triggered an alarm. Once the plane landed at Portland International Airport at 5.29pm, police were called and Officer DK Sorensen drove to the jetway outside gate E-3 to meet the flight, according to the police report.

“I spoke with UAL Customer Service Supervisor Beverly Brubaker at 1735 hours,” Officer Sorensen’s report reads. “Brubaker and First Officer Van Landingham attempted to speak with Mr Page as he stepped off the plane. I stood by in a peace keeping capacity.”

“I observed the suspect to be visibly intoxicated and to irrationally argue the merits of the incident. I observed him to irrationally request to be arrested, even though UAL personell repeatedly attempted to calmly advise him that it was against the law for him to smoke on the plane. I heard him admit to smoking and to knowing that it was not permitted,” Officer Sorensen’s report continues.

“Due to him becoming increasingly agitated, I stepped forward and identified myself as a police officer. I informed him that it was against federal law to smoke on the plane and that it was necessary for me to report the incident to the FAA.”

“I asked to see his identification. He said it was in his checked luggage and he sent an assistant to fetch his [redacted]. Brubaker again reiterated to Mr Page that he was being officially warned and that if he committed the offense again aboard a United flight, more serious actions would be pursued,” the report continues.

“I informed Mr Page that I would accompany him for the purpose of positive identification via his [redacted]. I followed Mr Page and friends to near the D-E checkpoint where an assistant met us. I confirmed his identification via his [redacted].”

Officer Sorensen took statements from people at the scene. Page, he wrote, “said he was smoking on the plane and was aware that smoking was not alowed. He said he did not know how serious his smoking on the plane would be taken.”

Van Landingham, the first officer, “said the suspect’s behavior interferred with the flight crew.”

Finally, he also took a statement from Jeff Kuntz, who “whispered in my ear as he deplaned that he was a [redacted] and witnessed the behavior of Mr Page. He said Page’s behavior constituted disorderly conduct aboard the plane and that he felt the suspect was intoxicated in his professional opinion.”

The incident was resolved by 6pm, around half an hour after Officer Sorensen first attended the scene. The police report noted a recommendation that a copy should be sent to the FAA.

Officer Sorensen wrote a neat summary of the incident in the report: “An intoxicated rock musician was pointed out by UAL flight crew at jetway E-3 as the passengers deplaned. He was identified via his [redacted] and admitted to smoking on the plane.”

You can read the full original police report below:

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4 Comments on "‘An intoxicated rock musician’: Jimmy Page’s 1995 in-flight smoking incident"


    • JP isn’t being “bothered” unless he’s a subscriber. He can tell us how bothered he is if/when he sees this (or anything else).

      And IMO, it’s not a “big deal”, just a moment in history.

  2. “Officer Sorensen wrote a neat summary of the incident in the report”. 🤣🤣

  3. Roy JOHN Watson | 9th February 2024 at 5:38 pm | Reply

    the intoxicated musician i would say his best years were from 1967 to 1975 after that he lost the plot due to his addictions sad to say

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