Airline Passenger Allegedly Tried Opening Plane Door Mid-Flight

Passengers held the suspect down and tied him up with shoelaces.

1. A passanger aboard an Alaska Airlines flight from Anchorage, Alaska, to Portland, Oregon, tried to open an emergency exit during the flight, passengers told the Associated Press.

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2. The suspect, Alexander Herrera, 23, of Arizona, made “unusual statements” before attempting to open the door, and was put into a choke hold by another passenger.

Brent Weisberg


#BREAKINGNEWS - Jail booking photo of Alexander M. Herrera, 23, charged with interfering with a flight crew @KOINNews

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3. Flight attendants used shoelaces to restrain Herrera and he was then placed in a seat that was “surrounded by big guys.”

Brent Weisberg


#BREAKING: Photo from a passenger on @AlaskaAir Flight 132 after a man tried to open a door mid-flight. @KOINNews

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4. Herrera was brought to a Portland jail and faces a charge of interfering with a flight crew. His father told a reporter he was stunned by the arrest.

Kyle Iboshi


“I gotta face reality that’s my son and he’s in trouble,” says father of Alexander Herrera. FBI says 23-year old tried to open plane door.

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