Man Threatens to Kill People on Flight 'in the Name of Jesus'

An Alaska Airlines flight was forced to turn around and make an emergency landing after a passenger allegedly threatened to kill everybody on board "in the name of Jesus."

The incident occurred shortly after Alaska Airlines Flight 422 departed from Seattle-Tacoma Airport for Chicago O'Hare International Airport at 11.10 p.m. on Saturday night.

"The man became extremely belligerent and physically aggressive during ascent," a spokesperson for the airline said in a statement to Newsweek.

Video footage taken by a passenger on board the flight showed the man walking down the aisle of the plane while wearing a face mask, according to The Seattle Times.

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"I will kill everybody on this plane," the man is heard saying. "I will kill everybody. Accept it! Die in the name of Jesus!"

Two male passengers, who are also wearing masks, were then seen in the video grabbing the man and restraining him, apparently on a seat. Moments later, the man is seen struggling and again screaming: "Die in the name of Jesus!"

As the male passengers and others restrain the man until the flight can make an emergency landing, one of them is heard reassuring other passengers that it's "gonna be okay."

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A flight attendant is heard announcing over the loud speaker that the plane was going to make a landing at the "nearest possible airport." The flight attendant adds that "we have everything under control."

"Jesus was a Black man," the man is heard yelling repeatedly moments later. "Believe it!"

"The passenger was quickly subdued by the flight crew with the assistance of two able-bodied passengers and a law enforcement officer who happened to be flying on the aircraft," the airline spokesperson said.

"The flight returned safely to Sea-Tac, where additional law enforcement personnel were standing by to take the passenger into custody."

Peter McGraw, a spokesperson for the Port of Seattle, confirmed to Newsweek that the man was arrested by Port of Seattle Police.

McGraw didn't identify the individual, but said he had been booked into King County Jail for harassment. No other details about the man's motivation were immediately available.

A passenger who was aboard the plane told KOMO News that the men who restrained the suspect should be considered heroes.

Flight 422 was cancelled and passengers were booked seats on the next available flight to Chicago.

This article has been updated with information from Alaska Airlines.

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