Man Tries to Open Exit Door During Flight

One passenger put the suspect in a choke hold while others helped to restrain him

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be newsA passenger on an Alaska Airlines flight to Oregon was arrested today after witnesses say he tried to open an emergency exit during the plane’s descent.

Passengers and crew aboard the flight from Anchorage to Portland told FBI investigators that 23-year-old Alexander Michael Herrera made ‘‘unusual statements’’ before trying to open the plane’s exit door.

The plane was about to land when Herrera set off an alarm by pulling the door handle in the emergency-exit row. Other passengers immediately subdued him and restrained him using shoelaces and seat-belt extensions.