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An American airlines jet bound for Seattle on Sunday evening returned to Narita airport after a drunken 45-year-old Japanese passenger refused to stop smoking inside a lavatory shortly after takeoff, airline and airport officials said Monday.

The man, an employee of the Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper from Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward whose name has not been released, lit up in one of the plane’s lavatories shortly after the Boeing 777 took off from Narita at 7:14 p.m., according to Chiba Prefectural Police and airport authorities.

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