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Airline Passenger Allegedly Tried Opening Plane Door Mid-Flight

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

Posted on May 27, 2013, at 4:21 p.m. ET

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.

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.

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

Brent Weisberg

@BrentKOIN

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

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

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

Brent Weisberg

@BrentKOIN

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

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.

"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.

Kyle Iboshi

@KyleIboshi

"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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