China-bound Delta flight passenger tried to open exit door, FBI says
The plane landed safely, and the two individuals punched during the struggle were treated for facial injuries. Photograph: (Reuters)
A passenger on a China-bound Delta Air Lines flight was charged on Friday with assaulting flight attendants and other passengers mid-air who fought desperately to restrain him as he tried opening the exit door of the plane, Reuters reported.
Joseph Daniel Hudek IV, 23, lunged for an exit door, grabbed the handle and tried to open it, according to the FBI.
Crew members and passengers of Boeing 767-300 battled to subdue Hudek.
The FBI said Hudek repeatedly punched a flight attendant and a fellow passenger and persisted in trying to pull open the door, even as a second flight attendant struck him over the head with two large wine bottles.
Both flight attendants were women.
Hudek managed to open the door halfway before he was finally restrained with zip ties.
The flight took off at 5.30 pm from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport but had to return after 45 minutes.
The plane landed safely, and the two individuals punched during the struggle were treated for facial injuries.
He was arrested on Thursday.