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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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beejchris February 25 2014 at 5:43 PM

Just wait for the CELL PHONE USAGE to bring out the best in people. What a stupid idea. Really. Text if you must but I sure as hell do not want to hear your discussions ...................

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larryatmanda February 25 2014 at 5:31 PM

Definite time in the big house required. Five years or so should get him dried out. Anything in aircraft needs to be stopped with severe punishment and a lifetime do-not-fly listing

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jcajunque February 25 2014 at 5:25 PM

Maybe alimit on drinks and that would be posted on the inside of the airliner and customers would be informed of the regulation before they purchase tickets & reinforced before they board the plane.

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mcgowbi February 25 2014 at 5:22 PM

Serving alcohol on flights is stupid and asking for trouble.

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kim272727 February 25 2014 at 4:39 PM

That is just insane that one moment of belligerence can lead to 20 years in prison. That said, it was a stupid move on his part to get crazy on an airplane.

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zygi & paris February 25 2014 at 4:13 PM

I hope that they sue the pants off this idiot.

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dmy1274 February 25 2014 at 4:05 PM

aaaaaaahhhh, the joys of alcohol

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nelsonsuffolk February 25 2014 at 4:15 PM

If they would let him smoke a joint he could chill out like the Bieber

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windime February 25 2014 at 4:00 PM

MORON, IDIOT, STUPID...Wax him down then, slowly pick every hair on his body especially in the area he thinks he king... remember slowly and forcefully...And then hope he get infected...REAL JERK.

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Bebe February 25 2014 at 3:38 PM

I don't usually advocate violence, but...I hope she punched him back! Or slammed his head into the beverage cart!!! I've seen drunks on planes before!!!

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David S. February 25 2014 at 4:11 PM

I've never seen a true drunk on a plane, even on overseas flights.......but you would think at some point they would stoppped serving this jerk alcohol.....

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jcajunque February 25 2014 at 5:26 PM

That's why he got beligerent and abusive. I'd have pured it down his trhoat until he passed out.

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gnamic February 25 2014 at 3:23 PM

Well its time the USA should change the law now. Would you believe that more people are killed in a car accident in the USA every year than died inViet Nam, and approximately 60% of those deaths were alcohol or drug related. It's high time we took this problem seriously. Wake up America! In Norway 3 weeks in jail at hard labor and driver loses his license for 1 year. Second offence within 5 years license revoked permanently. Bulgaria a second offence of drunk driving is the last. The punishment is excution. Russia drivers license is revoked for life. People with alot of money and great attorneys can get you off but killing an innocent family,child should pay the piper and so it goes for people in flights to puch someone because your DRUNK.

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jecjmc February 25 2014 at 3:32 PM

Gee, I think the story is about a passage r on a commercial airline not a drunk driver.

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Ron February 25 2014 at 4:06 PM

Do you belong to the Temperance League, or what? Found this soap box to voice your concerns when it has NOTHING to do with drinking and driving? Not that it isn't a problem (drinking/driving) but if you people get your way you'll execute people for jaywalking. Maybe you should join up with the GOTP senator who wants to execute people for crossing the border illegally.

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