A Passenger on a Seattle-bound flight had to be escorted off in handcuffs Monday morning after crew members said he tried to open one of the plane’s doors mid-air.
Shoshana Godwin, a passenger who was sitting next to him on Alaska Airlines Flight 7, said he was acting oddly even as they boarded.
“He kept stopping to go into his bag and then I watched him take a pill out of his bag,” she said.
Melinda Iverson, also a passenger, watched it all play out.
“The air marshals were there quick,” she said. “The flight attendants were sort of surrounding him and I felt more sorry for him than anything.”
The flight crew radioed to land in Minnesota, saying they were “dropping off one of our passengers early,” and wanted to have somebody to “greet this customer, [who was] having a difficult time working and playing well with others.”
— Linzi Sheldon (@LinziKIRO7) August 29, 2016
KIRO-TV Seattle reporter Linzi Sheldon posted a cellphone video to her Twitter account showing the bespectacled suspect with his hands handcuffed behind his back.
Two uniformed officers are seen leading the suspect — who was sporting shorts and a blond Mohawk — off the jet.
The video caption reads, “Omfg they made an emergency landing to arrest this guy.”
Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Halley Knigge told the Associated Press that the suspect “attempted to access one of the doors in the rear of the aircraft” and was “removed by law enforcement” upon landing.