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USA man charged with assaulting Delta flight attendants

USA man charged with assaulting Delta flight attendants

An attendant aboard Delta Air Lines Flight 129 from Seattle to Beijing resorted to smashing a large bottle of red wine over a passenger's head after the man became violent during the flight.

He went to the bathroom, asked a flight attendant a question and then "lunged toward the forward right exit door of the aircraft, grabbed the handle, and attempted to open it", the criminal complaint read.

A physical altercation ensued between Hudek and two flight attendants, one of whom he punched in the face at least two times.

"[The man] did not seem impacted by the breaking of a full liter red wine bottle over his head", an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent wrote.

Delta flight attendants receive seven to eight weeks of initial training and recurrent training of which a "significant portion" focuses on the safety of passengers and flight attendants, according to a Delta spokesperson.

One flight attendant and a passenger were taken to hospital after suffering severe facial injuries, authorities said.

When he lunged for the emergency exit, a quick-thinking flight attendant broke a wine bottle over his head, but that did not deter him. However a flight attendant involved in Thursday's incident said that if the altercation had occurred at a lower altitude, the door might have opened.

A Florida man allegedly tried to open the emergency exit door on a flight to China on July 6.

During the return to Seattle, Hudek "remained extremely combative, and multiple passengers were needed to restrain Hudek and keep him restrained until the plane landed safely", according to the complaint.

He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

'This is so out of character of him, I can't believe it, ' Hudek said. This passenger was handled by the law enforcement officers as the flight returned to the gate, said Delta.

In a statement to CNN, the airline said a passenger was restrained and removed from the flight because of a "security incident" onboard.

There were conflicting reports soon after the incident.

But, Cooper subsequently said that was incorrect, and he and Dietrich-Williams described the incident only as an assault on a crew member.

The FBI told Sea-Tac officials there is no information that the incident is a national security threat.

He had been sitting in the Boeing 767's first-class section, she said.

But, representatives from Delta and the North American Aerospace Defense Command said no such escort happened.

The FBI Seattle field office maintains a regular presence at the airport and assisted in interviewing passengers from the flight, Dietrich-Williams said.


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