When Chris heard commotion on the Los Angeles bound Delta flight Wednesday and saw that the man had knocked down a stewardess and was struggling to open the plane's rear door, he intervened. While the man warned that he had a bomb, the 6-foot 26-year-old tackled him. With the help of several other passengers, Chris kept the assailant restrained until the plane landed and authorities boarded and arrested him on suspicion of making a false bomb threat.
Chris told the Los Angeles Times that he thought the attacker was going to open the door and he wanted to stop him.
"He was struggling hard-core," Chris told the daily newspaper. "I was holding down his arm. Somebody had a foot on his head. Everyone was holding down a different body part. He was going nuts. I was telling him to chill because he's not going any place."
Authorities did not find a bomb on the plane. Chris and those who helped him have been praised for their heroism by local and federal authorities.