There are thousands of flights every day, and most of them land safely without any problem. Every once in a while, however, a flight is disrupted by something outside the airline’s control. In the case of one Alaska Airlines flight, this uncontrollable factor was a crazy passenger.
It has now been reported by local authorities that an airline passenger, who was making odd comments during the flight, attempted to open one of the emergency doors during a flight from Anchorage, Alaska to Portland, Oregon. This event took place on Alaska Airlines Flight 132.
According to Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Bobbie Egan, this passenger was originally seated in Row 17. Passengers who were sitting next to him during the flight noted that he had made several odd comments during the journey. Then, just before the flight was scheduled to land, he made an attempt to open the emergency door on the plane.
Local police were waiting for the plane to land in Portland. A federal official said that the man is going to be charged with interfering with a flight crew member during a flight. This is a federal offense. The man had to be restrained by not only crew members but passengers as well. The plane was able to land safely.
This little outburst took place just 10 minutes before the plane was scheduled to land. Unfortunately for the crazy passenger, emergency doors are always kept locked during flights. This is to prevent them from being opened in flight by passengers who may have lost their minds.
The spokeswoman for the airline said that they were able to restrain the passenger. Once the passenger was finally restrained in a seat, he sat there very calmly for the remainder of the flight. Once the plane landed he was quickly detained by local police. Alaska Airlines is happy to report that no one got hurt during this incident.
According to FBI spokeswoman Beth Anne, the man has been identified as Alexander Michael Herrera, age 23. She confirmed that passengers as well as crew members said Alexander made “unusual” comments just prior to the event. However, the FBI spokeswoman declined to say just what the man said during the flight.
For now, Herrera is going to be booked in the Multnomah County Detention Center. It is extremely likely that his first court appearance will take place this week. He will have to speak before the federal magistrate in Portland. At this point, it is unclear just what his punishment will be or if he will be forced to serve any jail time.
Ever since 9/11 in the United States, the airline industry has had a no tolerance policy for acting out during a flight. It is not known what Mr Herrera was trying to accomplish during this flight or why he wanted to open the emergency door. One thing is for sure, he will now have to receive judgment for his action on this flight. By cracking down on outbursts like this, the government hopes to deter other would-be criminals from trying the same thing.