Logan International Airport spokesman Phil Orlandella says it's unclear why 43-year-old Robert Hersey tried to open the door Tuesday night on the Airbus 320 out of Orlando International Airport.
Passengers say he had been drinking and appeared upset when the flight was late.
Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc. spokeswoman Susan Elliott says an off-duty police officer subdued the passenger.
Delta crew members called authorities in Boston to report the disorderly passenger aboard Flight 1102.
The incident comes just days after a Yemeni man on a San Francisco-bound flight stormed the cockpit door and banged on it while reportedly yelling "Allahu Akbar!"
Authorities say Hersey, of Arlington, was arrested by state police on a charge of interfering with a flight crew. He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.