Unruly Southwest Airlines passenger charged
08/14/2007 05:35:26 PM MDT
Felisa Cardona, Denver Post
A Southwest Airlines passenger accused of being drunk, trying to choke another passenger and yelling at the plane's crew was charged today with interfering with flight attendants in U.S. District Court.
Andy Lee Osuna, 29, was on a flight from Chicago to Las Vegas on Friday and was arrested after the flight was diverted to Denver in response to the commotion.
The cabin crew, along with other passengers, had to restrain Osuna with a pair of "flex cuffs" after he pushed a flight attendant, according to an arrest affidavit written by FBI Agent Joel Nishida.
Osuna made some crude remarks to a young female passenger seated near him, prompting a male passenger to ask him to be quiet, the affidavit says. Osuna then grabbed the man's collar and wouldn't let go until a flight attendant forced his hands off, the record says.
Another flight attendant told the FBI that said she served Osuna two sets of two rum and Coke drinks and then cut him off when he asked for another set.
She said while she was helping to get the flex cuffs on, Osuna tried to touch her inappropriately, the affidavit says.
Another flight attendant had to pull up Osuna's pants while Osuna was restrained because his pants and underwear were down, exposing a buttock, the affidavit says.
"Osuna admitted he has a drinking problem," the FBI agent wrote in his report. "Osuna denied making crude sexual remarks to the young adult female passenger, grabbing another passenger by the shirt collar and yelling profanities. He said it was possible that he tried to touch a flight attendant's chest or leg."
If convicted of the charge, Osuna faces 20 years in federal prison.