Tied down with shoelaces on flight

Last updated 12:51 28/05/2013

Relevant offers

Travel Troubles

Several international flights targeted by laser strikes near Auckland Airport Are these hotel door signs sexist? Hotel group Pentahotels under fire for toilet illustrations Plane that Cristiano Ronaldo uses runs off runway in Barcelona Beware of buying batik in Indonesia: How I fell for the most obvious travel scam Indonesia volcano eruption: What travellers need to know International Air Transport Association says air rage incidents reported by airlines on the rise Asiana Airlines flight returns to Los Angeles after smoke reported in cargo area Hundreds of tourists missing after Indonesian volcano Mount Barujari erupts Merlin fined nearly $9 million over rollercoaster crash at Alton Towers Australian flights to Bali cancelled due to another ash cloud

A passenger on a commercial flight from Alaska to Oregon was arrested after witnesses say he tried to open an emergency exit during the plane's descent and other passengers had to help restrain him using shoelaces and seat-belt extensions.

Passengers and crew aboard the Alaska Airlines flight from Anchorage to Portland told investigators that 23-year-old Alexander Michael Herrera made "unusual statements" before trying to open the plane's door, FBI spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele said.

Flight 132 was preparing to land at Portland International Airport when the Arizona man set off an alarm by pulling the door handle in the emergency-exit row, Steele said.

Witness Henry Pignataro told KGW-TV that a woman seated next to Herrera asked for help.

"I put him in a choke hold and brought him down to the ground," Pignataro said.

Pignataro said he and another man held down the passenger and asked flight attendants for restraints.

He said they brought three sets of shoelaces, which Pignataro and the other man used to bind Herrera's legs.

The flight attendants then brought extra seatbelt extensions, and the witnesses applied those to Herrera, as well.

Pignataro said Herrera - listed as 100kg on his booking information - was then placed into a seat, where he calmly sat "surrounded by big guys" until the plane landed only nine minutes behind schedule.

Herrera was being booked into a Portland jail on a charge of interfering with a flight crew, and was expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday before a federal magistrate.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content