Passengers Help Subdue Threatening Man on Flight

He threatened to kill everyone on Alaska Airlines jet, says airline
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2020 2:49 PM CDT

(Newser) – An Alaska Airlines flight had to make a quick return to the airport after a passenger began threatening to kill everyone aboard, reports KOMO News. The unruly passenger was eventually subdued by crew members as well as three fellow passengers—one of whom was an off-duty Chicago cop. The incident took place Saturday when the jet took off from Seattle-Tacoma airport after 11pm, per USA Today. A video (no longer working) provided by a passenger to the Seattle Times shows a man walking in the aisle declaring that he was going to kill everyone "in the name of Jesus."

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"The man became extremely belligerent and physically aggressive during the ascent," wrote Ray Lane, a communications manager for Alaska Airlines, in an email. Soon, crew members and the other "able-bodied" passengers subdued the man, who was taken into custody when the plane returned to the Seattle-Tacoma airport, says Lane. The plane had been en route to Chicago. The man has not yet been identified, and no charges have been announced. (Read more Alaska Airlines stories.)

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