SEATTLE - Seattle police arrested a man accused of threatening other passengers on a flight to Chicago late Saturday night.
Video from a passenger shows the man walking in the aisle and shouting that he would kill everyone on board “in the name of Jesus.”
The incident occurred shortly after Alaska Airlines Flight 422 took off at 11:10 p.m., Port of Seattle Police spokesman Peter McGraw told The Seattle Times. The man was apparently unarmed and no one was injured. The man was wearing a face mask as mandated.
Members of the flight crew, two passengers and a law enforcement officer who happened to be on board quickly subdued the man, according to Ray Lane, external communications manager for Alaska Airlines.
“The man became extremely belligerent and physically aggressive during the ascent,” Lane said in an email.
The plane was forced to turn around and return to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. When police boarded, the man was cooperative, according to McGraw. He was booked on suspicion of harassment.
The flight was canceled and passengers were booked onto the next available flight to Chicago.