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Court docs: Man who tried to open plane door was off meds, hearing voices

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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.

Alexander Herrera, 23, 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?"

Thirty minutes before the plane was supposed to land in Portland, court documents show he turned to a different passenger and said, "Let's see how this plays out."

Passengers wrestled Herrera to the ground when he tried to open the door.

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