Alaska Air Flight Diverts After Passenger Threatens to Kill Everyone On Board

By Paul Riegler on 14 July 2020
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An Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Chicago was forced to divert en route after a passenger made threats against other passengers on the plane.

Alaska Flight 422 departed from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport at 10:52 p.m. local time Saturday evening and returned to the airport 45 minutes later after a passenger, Michael Ney Berry of Kirkland, Washington, threatened to kill everyone on board the aircraft.

“I’m going to kill everybody on this plane,” he said. “Die in the name of Jesus!”

The passenger was “extremely belligerent and physically aggressive during the ascent,” the airline said in a statement.  A spokesman said that the man was quickly subdued by the flight crew and two passengers including a law enforcement officer who happened to be on the flight.

Berry was arrested by Port of Seattle Police upon landing and is being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond at the King County jail, where he was charged with felony assaults.

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