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American Airlines flight AA1497 was diverted to Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport (AMA) on January 3rd after a seemingly intoxicated passenger repeatedly punched a flight attendant. The belligerent passenger had to be restricted by passengers and flight crew as the plane had to make a stop other than its intended destination, Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN).
ABC News is reporting that Keith Edward Fagiana is charged with interfering with a flight crew. He admitted to drinking Captain Morgan at several Las Vegas bars, but did not remember punching the flight attendant when questioned by the FBI upon landing. The male flight attendant told the FBI that another passenger complained Fagiana was “violently kicking” their seat. The flight attendant asked Fagiana to stop and instead of complying, he punched him four times.
Other passengers assisted with getting Fagiana into flex cuffs. Once taken into custody, he complained that the flex cuffs were hurting him. Police swapped them for regular handcuffs, but not before he kicked an airport police officer in the groin and spit on others. Bizarrely, he admitted that he fought the officers because he did not want to be arrested. After he was deplaned, the flight proceeded to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN).
There must be something in the air this week as I wrote about a teenager who assaulted a family member on an Air Canada flight yesterday (more here).
Anthony’s Take: This year is off to a seemingly more violent start in the air. People need to settle down and watch a movie or the clouds go by instead of freaking out on planes.
(Mugshot Image Credit: Randall County Jail.)
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