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Passenger charged with punching flight attendant

Drunk Passenger Punches Flight Attendant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man who allegedly punched a flight attendant on a Los Angeles-bound jetliner has been charged with interfering with a flight crew.

The FBI says 53-year-old Edgar Nonga of Lakewood was charged with the federal offense on Monday. His bail was set at $10,000.

Prosecutors say Nonga got drunk during a Philippine Airlines flight from Manila to LA over the weekend and got angry when he was refused more drinks.

Prosecutors say Nonga swore at crew members and twice punched a flight attendant - including once in the face. The crew, with help from at least five passengers, restrained him and he was arrested Sunday morning when the plane landed.

He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

His attorney, David Sutton, declined to immediately comment.

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Joan February 25 2014 at 7:57 AM

I hope he is punished to the max. Enough of these idiots causing problems for any airline crew when you are thousands of feet in the air is totally unacceptable. Lock him up for the max.

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jbiggs01 February 25 2014 at 9:51 AM

international flight over international waters .He gets charged with U.S. Laws, How does that work?

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Dale Springstead February 25 2014 at 10:07 AM

After 20+ years of service as a working Flight Attendant, After reading some of the comments some individuals are not aware how Alcohol effects people on aircrafts, every person's tolerance with alcohol differ's, Due to the attitude and cabin pressure the effects of alcohol can double and even triple and continue to rise even after you stop drinking. The article does not state how much this gentlemen was served, and in what time frame he consumed it. I'm sure the Flight Attendants notice a change in his behavior and stop serving him which was the right thing to do, I do hope this gentlemen recieves the maximum punishment under US law. I had a similiar incident happen to me personally working a flight from Chicago to Islip, NY.

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marwha February 25 2014 at 10:40 AM

I often have seen people drink at the airport too, getting on the plane practically drunk. Any bar stops serving alchol to people who are drunk...I don't want anyone not acting appropriately on a flight I'm on whether it's drinking, cell phone use, no seats belts,,,etc, all could affect my own safety! He needs to be punished.

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msw368 February 25 2014 at 10:48 AM

With all of the potential danger to passengers on a plane, maybe the pilot should be issued a stun gun. The thought of dying because another passenger drank to much or failed to take their medication due to mental illness isn't an appealing way to die.

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debraw0214 msw368 February 25 2014 at 10:57 AM

Where are the air marshalls?

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bonschwein February 25 2014 at 10:56 AM

Uh, I'd say he has a problem.

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CHARLIE GENE February 25 2014 at 11:55 AM

sent him away for 20 years yyyyyyyyyyyyyyuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuppppppppppaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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YO REF February 25 2014 at 2:39 AM

go down to about 10.000 ft open the door throw him out. problem solved

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tony YO REF February 25 2014 at 3:26 AM

y go down??

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welcom szepi February 25 2014 at 12:05 PM

trow the mf of the plane

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bharrison777 February 25 2014 at 12:06 PM

Don't hold flight attendants partly to blame. Your actions are your responability,
not someone elses.

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