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First class passenger arrested for launching homophobic attack on flight attendant who refused him a drink

A first-class passenger aboard a Delta Airlines plane bound for Arizona has been arrested for allegedly using homophobic slurs against a flight attendant and physically assaulting the crew member for not serving as his beverage.

Christopher Alexander Morgan allegedly threw a glass of ice and an on-board phone at the flight attendant for refusing to continue serving him alcohol.

Mr Morgan was arrested when Flight 2908 landed at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on April 22 and faces charges of interfering with flight crew members, which carries a sentence of up to to 20 years in prison.

The passenger called the flight attendant “f**” and “queer,” according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) affidavit obtained by The Daily Beast.

The altercation allegedly started before the plane left Atlanta. Mr Morgan is said to have had his seat recline “to the maximum” and refused to “put on his seat belt”.

Two flight attendants told the passenger he needed to bring his backrest to an upright position for takeoff, but he refused, becoming “uncooperative and not complying with their instructions”, according to the affidavit.

After takeoff, he was served an alcoholic drink, but when he ordered a second, he was served a non-alcoholic drink which allegedly angered him.

Mr. Morgan called “HD [as the flight attendent was identified in the affidavit] the F-word and a “faggot” and threw a glass of ice on HD,” the filing read.

“When the passenger RO [another passenger as identified in the document]who was sitting in seat 2G, said something to Morgan to defuse Morgan’s aggression, Morgan got angry at the RO passenger and held the glass he was holding in front of RO’s face,” said he added.

When the flight attendant went to the aircraft galley to inform the captain, the accused then got up from his seat, grabbed the phone and punched the flight attendant in the chest with.

The incident prompted one of the flight attendants to stand guard at the cockpit door “out of concern for the safety of the flight crew”.

Once the plane landed in Phoenix, Mr. Morgan was questioned by the FBI after being arrested. He claimed that “the flight attendant was homosexual and that made him uncomfortable,” according to the affidavit.

Mr Morgan also admitted to being homophobic and that it ‘may have caused his temper towards the flight attendant to escalate’, he added.

The Independent has contacted Delta Airlines for comment.


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