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Passenger tries to open emergency exit door on Alaska Airlines flight
KPTV ^ | May 27, 2013 | Ian Forrest

Posted on 05/27/2013 10:54:45 AM PDT by TaxPayer2000

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - An Arizona man on an Alaska Airlines flight from Anchorage to Portland tried to open the emergency row exit door as the plane descended into Portland, officials said.

The attempt happened on Flight 132 around the 10,000-feet level Monday morning, said Annie Linstrom, a spokeswoman for the Portland International Airport.

The flight crew and some fellow passengers restrained 23-year-old Alexander Herrera until the plane landed.

Port of Portland police then boarded the plane, which originated in Anchorage, AK, to take him into custody.

Passengers told police Herrera made unusual statements before trying to open the door, but the FBI did not elaborate on what was said.

There were no injuries to any of the passengers on the flight.

The emergency exits have lock mechanisms to prevent passengers from opening them without approval from the flight crew so there was no danger to anyone on board, Port of Portland police said.

Herrera is being booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. He'll likely make his first court appearance Tuesday before a federal magistrate

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Alaska; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: airlinesecurity; alaska; alexanderherrera; herrera; oregon

Alexander Herrera's mug shot. // Photo: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
1 posted on 05/27/2013 10:54:45 AM PDT by TaxPayer2000
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To: TaxPayer2000

He needed some air.


2 posted on 05/27/2013 10:57:49 AM PDT by Owl558 (Those who remember George Santayana are doomed to repeat him)
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To: TaxPayer2000

Take him up on another plane, and let him jump.

3 posted on 05/27/2013 10:59:46 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: TaxPayer2000; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
Passengers told police Herrera made unusual statements

"This is my stop."

"My girlfriend lives just around the corner here."

"I've got to get some milk before going home."

4 posted on 05/27/2013 10:59:59 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: TaxPayer2000

D.B. Cooper he’s not.


5 posted on 05/27/2013 11:00:44 AM PDT by Track9 (hey Kalid.. kalid.. bang you're dead)
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To: TaxPayer2000

Maybe he thought they were going to divert to Cleveland.


6 posted on 05/27/2013 11:00:54 AM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: TaxPayer2000
The emergency exits have lock mechanisms to prevent passengers from opening them without approval from the flight crew

More accurately, the differential air pressure between the cabin and the exterior prevents the door from opening, whether crew approves or not. Unless they depressurize the cabin.

7 posted on 05/27/2013 11:02:37 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: TaxPayer2000

8 posted on 05/27/2013 11:03:34 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: TaxPayer2000

There are probably many terrorists in our country right now masquerading as Hispanics. I would imagine they go to Mexico, where it’s much easier to blend in with the dark hair, eyes, and olive skin. They steal an identity and become part of the underground network sneaking into the U.S. and, once here, they are protected by political correctness... until the day they get the word to attack us.


9 posted on 05/27/2013 11:06:05 AM PDT by Melian ("Where will wants not, a way opens.")
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To: TaxPayer2000

At first I thought it was John McCain but he is supposed to be in Syria.


10 posted on 05/27/2013 11:07:18 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I voted Republican, no Conservative was on the ballot.)
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To: Revolting cat!

“Allahu Akbar!”


11 posted on 05/27/2013 11:10:31 AM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: TaxPayer2000

Two Words: muslim convert.


12 posted on 05/27/2013 11:10:47 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: TaxPayer2000

It’s a cultural thing. Being Mexican, Alexander thought that the outhouse was, well... outside!


13 posted on 05/27/2013 11:11:40 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: TaxPayer2000

Probably confusion and panic.


14 posted on 05/27/2013 11:12:29 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: SkyDancer

That would do it for me. I once had to drive through there twice in two days. I’d help him open the door if I was threatened with landing in Cleveland!


15 posted on 05/27/2013 11:14:42 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: TaxPayer2000
One time my husband and I were on a plane going from Dallas to Houston. We got up in the air and in a short while, my husband said we weren't going to Houston, the plane was turning. About that time, the pilot came on and said we were going back to Dallas as a door was open. I believe it was the door the people used to load the galley of drinks/foods, etc. Whatever door it was, it couldn't be closed from the inside, we had to land for it to be closed.
16 posted on 05/27/2013 11:30:14 AM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: Sherman Logan

More accurately, the differential air pressure between the cabin and the exterior prevents the door from opening, whether crew approves or not. Unless they depressurize the cabin.


My niece, who is a new flight attendant, says there is an electrical door lock on the plane type she flies (don’t remember what kind, off hand). It is fail safe, in that if power fails in an emergency, the door unlocks automatically.


17 posted on 05/27/2013 11:36:21 AM PDT by chaosagent (Remember, no matter how you slice it, forbidden fruit still tastes the sweetest!)
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To: TaxPayer2000

“Passengers told police Herrera made unusual statements before trying to open the door, but the FBI did not elaborate on what was said.”

Allah ackbar?


18 posted on 05/27/2013 11:39:14 AM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: Marcella

Whoever signed off on the checklist probably started looking for a new job right away.


19 posted on 05/27/2013 11:41:39 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: piytar

We’re going to find out this guy was a muzzie convert.


20 posted on 05/27/2013 11:48:03 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: TaxPayer2000

21 posted on 05/27/2013 12:00:58 PM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: Revolting cat!

“I’ve seen this movie before!”


22 posted on 05/27/2013 12:01:50 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: piytar; Revolting cat!
“Passengers told police Herrera made unusual statements before trying to open the door, but the FBI did not elaborate on what was said.”

> Allah ackbar?

THAT is a dirty lie!

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.

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He said AllahU ackbar.

23 posted on 05/27/2013 12:03:15 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Revolting cat!

24 posted on 05/27/2013 12:07:53 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: TaxPayer2000
Passengers told police Herrera made unusual statements before trying to open the door, but the FBI did not elaborate on what was said.

What the heck is it with "reporters" these days? What the heck did he say? If the FIBbies  won't tell you, surely there were some passengers available to interview.

25 posted on 05/27/2013 12:11:08 PM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

That’s what we thought. How much money did it cost to lift off, turn around, land again, close door, then take off again? That fuel cost isn’t “gimme sum reglar, please.”


26 posted on 05/27/2013 12:11:16 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: TaxPayer2000
The emergency exits have lock mechanisms to prevent passengers from opening them without approval from the flight crew so there was no danger to anyone on board, Port of Portland police said

Its called PRESSURIZATION!! The cabin pressure diferential between outside pressure and inside cabin pressure at that altitude is at least 4 or 5 psi. On a door about 2200 square inches in area that amounts to more than 8500 pounds of force that idiot would have to muster to open the thing. Not possible. Actually you can't even open the door on the ground until the a/c is depressurized the force required is too great.

27 posted on 05/27/2013 12:21:04 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Sherman Logan

Cabin pressure is typically about equal to air pressure at 8,000 feet. Below that elevation, internal and external pressures are equalized, and only the lock mechanisms keep the (inward-opening) door from opening.


28 posted on 05/27/2013 12:23:17 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: TaxPayer2000; Chode

D Cooper?


29 posted on 05/27/2013 12:38:49 PM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana
D.B. Azzhole
30 posted on 05/27/2013 12:42:26 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: SpaceBar

If he is, they’re going to keep that information from the public.

No need to upset the non-muzzies.


31 posted on 05/27/2013 12:54:56 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: Melian

If he was a tea party member, the media would be all over it, and would report every small detail of what he said. If he made statements to the effect that he was anti-government, or anti-any politically correct group or cause, that also would be emphasized in extreme detail by the liberals in the MSM.


32 posted on 05/27/2013 1:08:10 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: chaosagent
sorry, but you have it backwards.....the cabin is pressurized and so if you did get the door open, everyone within a few feet of the door would suck out, and the aircraft cabin would be at 30000 ft level, and all would be in extremely serious medical condition...
33 posted on 05/27/2013 1:12:51 PM PDT by B212
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To: TaxPayer2000

I would have had everyone buckle up and 2 miles from landing would have kicked him out .

Thanks for flying with us today. Your on yer own now.


34 posted on 05/27/2013 1:20:05 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: B212

Not sure why you think I have anything backwards.

Many planes have electrical locks on the doors so they cannot be opened without a crew member allowing it. This keeps passengers, etc. from opening the door when cabin pressurization is no longer a factor.


35 posted on 05/27/2013 1:49:56 PM PDT by chaosagent (Remember, no matter how you slice it, forbidden fruit still tastes the sweetest!)
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To: TaxPayer2000

Passengers restrained him.......

Wonder if got a good a** kicking!


36 posted on 05/27/2013 2:20:32 PM PDT by njslim (St)
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To: TaxPayer2000

He is NOT a mexican! That face reeks of middle eastern.


37 posted on 05/27/2013 2:21:58 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks TaxPayer2000.
23-year-old Alexander Herrera

38 posted on 05/27/2013 3:21:09 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: TaxPayer2000
Passengers told police Herrera made unusual statements before trying to open the door, but the FBI did not elaborate on what was said.

"I pressed the bell. Let me off. You're passing my stop!"

39 posted on 05/27/2013 4:01:40 PM PDT by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: TaxPayer2000

.45 cal.


40 posted on 05/27/2013 4:18:53 PM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: chaosagent

sorry, maybe I misread your post....


41 posted on 05/27/2013 4:24:09 PM PDT by B212
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To: Sherman Logan
Is it possible that he waited until he thought the cabin pressure was equalized, then tried to open the door and let the door damage the plane enough to crash?

Sounds to me like he had some training (terrorist or Internet) and thought he could defeat the plane design.

The shoe bomber and underwear bomber were not trying to blow the plane to smithereens, just to damage it enough that natural forces at 300 mph+ would do the rest.

42 posted on 05/27/2013 4:40:42 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: chaosagent
It is fail safe, in that if power fails in an emergency, the door unlocks automatically.

I sure hope that's true only after the plane is on the ground!

43 posted on 05/27/2013 9:33:21 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: publius911

The electric lock is in addition to the standard manual locking mechanism that usually locks the door. The electric lock keeps someone from opening the door manually while the plane is taxiing, or flying under 8-10,000 feet when the pressure differential no longer keeps the door from being opened at all.


44 posted on 05/27/2013 11:19:34 PM PDT by chaosagent (Remember, no matter how you slice it, forbidden fruit still tastes the sweetest!)
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