An Alaska Airlines redeye flight bound for Chicago was anything but restful on Saturday night. Why? Oh, tight legroom, no pillows, and a passenger who threatens to kill everyone else onboard…
Alaska Airlines Diversion After Passenger Threatens To Kill Other Passengers…In The Name Of Jesus
AS422 from Seattle (SEA) to Chicago (ORD) left Sea-Tac at 11:10PM on Saturday night. A man onboard became “extremely belligerent and physically aggressive during the ascent” according to an Alaska Airlines spokesperson. But flight attendants with the help of two other passengers quickly subdued the passenger, who was wearing a mask.
One passenger was an off-duty Chicago police officer, who used force to pin the man down on a seat and restrain him until the plane returned to Seattle. Before he was subdued, the man shouted:
“I’m going to kill everybody on this plane. Die in the name of Jesus!”
He also said:
“I will kill everybody on this plane unless you accept Jesus was a black man.”
The incident was captured on video, which you can watch below.
Jesus Chronicles v666b… This is what Christianity does to extremist loons. On Alaska Air Flight 422, a young white evangelical guy screams “Die in the name of JESUS” and “Die in the name of the HOLY GHOST.” The Lord would be proud…#ChristianLunacy pic.twitter.com/Sm533RRm92
— Phil Brandt (@blackhook) July 12, 2020
I feel compelled to add, just because someone throws around the term Jesus or Holy Ghost does not make them a Christian…
The Seattle Times posted a longer version:
After returning to Seattle, the flight was canceled and passengers were rebooked on the next flight to Chicago.
By the time the aircraft landed, the man had calmed down and was cooperative with law enforcement on the ground. He was taken to jail where he awaits arraignment. He will be charged with harassment.
First, I hope the clearly deranged man gets the help he needs. Second, I hope he is held accountable for the time and cost of his tirade. Third, threatening murder in the name of God is the essence of what it means to take God’s name in vain (the third commandment…it’s not saying OMG…).