"We were about an hour-and-a-half into the flight and then I heard somebody screaming toward the back of the plane," Bell told Marine Corps Times. "I could just hear somebody yelling: 'Shut up, shut up! Don't talk to me!'"
Marine Maj. Troy Cronbaugh, of Marine Corps Installations Command, rounded up Bell, who stands 6 feet 3 inches tall, and the other biggest men on the plane to help the flight attendants subdue the passenger, Bell said. At first, the flight attendants said they had things under control, but within minutes the situation changed.
"The flight attendants explained that they had talked to the pilot and the pilot felt like the individual was a security risk and they wanted us to restrain him," Bell explained.
At first, the passenger seemed to cooperate when he was shown the cuffs, Bell said.
"He said: 'Oh bracelets, oh, OK. Bracelets. Yeah, I like bracelets. I'll put them on.'" Bell said.
But when Bell put the cuffs on the passenger's ankles, the man went "berserk," Bell said.
"He said: 'Hey, I'll kill you! I'll kill you! I'll kill you!'" said Bell, who tried to calm the passenger down.
Bell grabbed the cover for a seat's headrest and held it up against the passenger's mouth and yelled at the man to stop spitting. The passenger promptly began trying to bite Bell.
When they finally got the man to his seat, he went limp and refused to sit up, Bell said. "So somebody else just yelled: 'Hey, stop acting silly! Sit up right now so we can put your seatbelt on you!"
"He said: 'Listen buddy; you're scaring these kids; you're scaring the people on this plane and you're scaring the crew. You need to stop. If you don't stop, this big guy over my shoulder, he's gonna get you.'
"And the guy looked over his shoulder and he saw me and he said: 'OK, OK, I'm good now, I'm good.'"