HONOLULU, April 1 (UPI) — A man on a flight from Honolulu to Tokyo was arrested after allegedly attacking and threatening fellow passengers.
Hyongtae Pae, 72, a passenger on United Airlines Flight 903, was charged with interference with the performance of a flight crew after he began causing problems about 90 minutes into the flight to Tokyo on Saturday, police said.
Pae was asked to calm himself in the aircraft’s aft galley and then sat down in the galley, noted the criminal complaint and affidavit filed against him in federal court by the U.S. Attorney’s Office on Monday.
The man continued to yell at the crew in Korean and refused to return to his seat, so flight attendants asked other passengers, including five U.S. Marines to put restraints on the man and put him back into his seat.
Pae threatened to kill one of the people restraining him, and tried to head-butt and bite one of the Marines, the affidavit stated.
Pae and his wife told FBI officials they did not know disobeying flight crew was illegal and that he had not slept in 11 days.
United Airlines confirmed a disruptive passenger that caused the plane to return to Honolulu, but refused further comment.