Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Alexander Michael Herrera attempts to open emergency door during Flight

An airline passenger who made "unusual statements" and attempted to open an emergency door during a flight Monday morning has been charged with interfering with a flight crew, a federal official said.

Passengers and crews members restrained the man and the flight landed safely.

The incident occurred on Alaska Airlines Flight 132 to Portland, Oregon, from Anchorage, Alaska. Around 5:20 a.m. Pacific Time -- about 10 minutes before the flight was to land -- the passenger, seated in Row 17, allegedly tried to open the emergency door, airline spokeswoman Bobbie Egan said.

Emergency doors are locked and cannot be opened during flights.