Alaska Airlines passenger threatens to kill everyone unless they accept ‘Jesus was a Black man’

Despite his demand, the passenger himself did not appear to be Black.

An Alaska Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Seattle, Washington over the weekend after an agitated passenger jumped up and threatened to kill everyone on board.

READ MORE: Actor Nathan Davis Jr. sues United Airlines for $10M for racial profiling

According to the Seattle Times, video taken during the incident on Saturday shows a man wearing a face mask that cand be seen pacing through the cabin of Flight 422, headed for Chicago O’ Hare, while yelling, “I will kill everybody on this plane unless you accept Jesus was a Black man.”

He is then shown yelling “Accept it” and “Die in the name of Jesus” multiple times as he moves past frightened passengers sitting in their seats though it did not seem he had a weapon.

“The man became extremely belligerent and physically aggressive during the ascent,” an Alaska Airlines spokesperson said, explaining that the flight took off around 11:15 p.m. from Seattle-Tacoma airport and the altercation began just 20 minutes in.

It took three passengers, one of whom was a law enforcement officer, and a flight attendant to finally subdue the man.

Passenger video shows two of the Good Samaritans on board taking the man down as a flight attendant rushes over with what appears to be zip ties to restrain him.

Finally, one of the men detaining the suspect is heard shouting at him to stay on the ground while another man reassures the rest of the passengers that everything will be okay. 

Following the emergency landing, the as-yet-unidentified man was taken off the flight by Port of Seattle police and was cooperative while being booked into King County Jail. Fortunately, no one was harmed during the incident.

READ MORE: Chicago cop files complaint against fellow officer who kneeled for Black Lives Matter

The flight in question was canceled and the passengers were booked on another flight to Chicago, Illinois.

Subscribe to theGrio’s Dear Culture podcast on Spotify, Apple and Stitcher.

Share: