My first thought was that the plane must be going down, but then I heard someone screaming to stop him, take him down. I looked behind me and in the exit row was a very large gentleman who was attempting to open the exit row door.Alaska Airlines passenger Ryan Oelrich • Discussing his reaction to being awoken by the commotion caused on his flight. What happened? Well, passenger Alexander Michael Herrera tried to open the plane’s exit row door as the aircraft attempted to make its final descent into Portland. The 23-year-old Herrera, who had to be restrained using shoelaces and seat-belt extenders, was arrested when the plane finally landed. Despite the in-flight drama, the plane only landed in Portland nine minutes after it was supposed to.
I have not had a drink in years and the one time I do this I what happens. I will never drink again.Portland, Ore. resident Justin Gilpatrick • Reacting on Facebook to an ordeal in which he got drunk, fell asleep in a dumpster (rather than driving home), was picked up in a dump truck and was compacted with the trash — twice. He lived to tell about it, obviously, only having suffered minor injuries, but a pal of his who chose to drive drunk instead of dumpster-diving got into a three-car crash, though he didn’t get any life-threatening injuries, either. Enjoy your sobriety, Mr. Gilpatrick.
A smart federal, state and local law enforcement investigation caught a criminal tonight bent on mass destruction and murder in our city.Portland, Oregon Mayor Sam Adams • Quoted in a Tumblr post about the whole deal with the attempted suicide bomber, Mohamed Osman Mohamud, in his town. Yeah, that’s right. The mayor of Portland has a Tumblr, which is pretty freaking rad. It’s even more rad that they caught the dude before he could do any serious damage. But we offer a conditional, here: Tumblr buddy theonlyplformat makes a pretty great point about this incident. Why wait until he’s about to blow something up? Why not stop him four months earlier when he had already made the threat? (via inothernews)
You know there’s going to be a lot of children there? You know there are gonna be a lot of children there?An FBI operative working undercover • Talking to Portland, Oregon tree-lighting bombing suspect Mohamed Osman Mohamud back in August, months before the incident took place. Portland police stopped Mohamud a mere 18 minutes before the ceremony began, which is kind of amazing. They say, though, that the the device wasn’t in any shape to actually explode (because the FBI supplied it to him, even though he tried to detonate it) and that the public was never in any danger. Whew. source (via • follow)