An Alaska Airlines passenger accused of
trying to open an emergency exit during a flight from Anchorage to Portland told investigators he has been diagnosed as bipolar and had not been taking his medicine.
Twenty-three-year-old Alexander Herrera of Rio Rico, Ariz., did not enter a plea in a court appearance Tuesday. His statement was included in a criminal complaint.
Herrera told police after Monday's arrest that he was ill, possibly schizophrenic, and had been hearing voices for four days. He said it had been more than a year since he took his medication.
The complaint states Herrera was polite at the start of the flight, but later asked a woman seated next to him: "What would you do if I open the exit door?"
Passengers wrestled Herrera to the ground when he tried to open the door.