An Arizona man was restrained and later arrested after he reportedly "hissed" at his fellow passengers aboard an Alaska Airlines flight that was about to land in Portland, Ore.

Alexander Michael Herrera, 23, of Rio Rico, Ariz., had to be tied up with shoelaces and seatbelt extensions after he attempted to open the airplane's emergency door on Monday morning. The flight had departed Anchorage, Alaska, and was nearing the coastal Oregon city when Herrera began making "unusual statements" and activated an alarm when he pulled at the emergency door's handle.

Passenger Ryan Oelrich said he awoke from an in-flight nap to "loud hissing noises". "I looked behind me and in the exit row was a very large gentleman who was attempting to open the exit row door," Oelrich told ABC News.

Henry Pignataro, another passenger said he put Herrera in a "choke hold" and restrained him while his legs were bound with shoelaces with the help of fellow passengers and crew members of Flight 132.

He reportedly sat quietly throughout the rest of the flight, following the scuffle. FBI agents on the ground then arrested Herrera, who was later charged with interfering with a flight crew. The emergency door reportedly was never in any danger of opening while the plane was in the air. A special lock prohibited the hatch from opening while the plane is in flight.