Passengers on Alaska Airlines flight 132 from Anchorage to Portland jumped from their seats to restrain a man when he tried to open the emergency exit door. It set off an alarm when he pulled the handle.
Alexander Herrera, 23 from Arizona, was restrained with shoelaces and seat belt extensions after one passenger got him in a choke hold. He was put in a seat and surrounded by strong men. Herrera sat there calmly until the plane landed at Portland International Airport early this morning and he was arrested.
Passengers and crew members say Herrera made unusual statements before pulling the handle. He's charged with interfering with a flight crew and will appear before a federal magistrate on Tuesday.
All of Alaska's planes are secured with locks that prevent them from being opened during flight. There's around 4,000 pounds of pressure standing in the way.