Plane Was Forced to Turn Around After Deranged Passenger Threatened to Kill Everyone on Board if They Didn’t Accept a Black Jesus
On July 13, 2020, an Alaska Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after a passenger threatened to kill everyone on board.
A King County judge set bail for Michael Ney Berry, who is being held on a $100,000 bond at the King County jail, where he received charges for felony assaults.
The Alaska Airlines flight was originally destined for Chicago O’Hare.
According to officials from the Port of Seattle, the incident took place about 20 minutes following the plane’s departure.
Port of Seattle Police arrested the man without resistance once the plane landed and was subsequently booked into the King County Jail for harassment.
According to a report from Alaska Airlines, Berry became “extremely belligerent and physically aggressive during the ascent.” An airline spokesperson claimed that the man was quickly apprehended by the flight crew and two passengers including a law enforcement officer who was also on the flight.
Video footage of the incident depicted the man yelling, “I’m going to kill everybody on this plane. Die in the name of Jesus!”
The video footage also showed two passengers quickly restraining the man.
A passenger informed KOMO News that one of the men who detained Berry is actually a police officer in Chicago. The passenger believes both men who stepped up to restrain the man are heroes.
After the passengers restrained Berry, a flight attendant went on the loudspeaker and announced that the plane was landing at the nearest airport. The attendant reassured passengers “we have everything under control.”
Alaska Airlines reported that the flight was cancelled, and all passengers were re-booked on the next flight to Chicago.