Passenger on JetBlue flight tried to storm cockpit, Chokes flight attendant with a Tie

  • Details on the Unruly passenger aboard a JetBlue Flight

A passenger on a JetBlue flight is facing federal charges after allegedly choking a flight attendant and trying to enter the cockpit on a recent flight, according to an FBI affidavit. The flight, which originated in Boston, was about an hour out from landing in Puerto Rico when the attack occurred Wednesday.

Investigators say the passenger, identified as Khalil El Dahr in an FBI affidavit obtained by The Daily Beast, became agitated when he was unable to make a call on his cell phone. A short while afterward, he ran toward the front of the plane yelling that he wanted to be shot, according to information obtained by an FBI investigator.

Several crew members were eventually able to restrain the man using seat belt extenders and, as one witness noted, the very tie that belonged to the flight attendant, which was fastened around the man’s ankles. The passenger now faces charges of interfering with a flight crew, according to the affidavit. A representative for the San Juan field office of the FBI confirmed the incident but could not disclose additional details

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