A passenger on a JetBlue flight from Boston to Puerto Rico allegedly strangled a flight attendant with a tie.
He yelled that he wanted to be shot while trying to get into the cabin, CBSN Boston reported.
The passenger was arrested and faced a federal charge, according to the FBI.
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A rebellious passenger on a JetBlue flight from Boston to San Juan, Puerto Rico, was arrested after he allegedly strangled a flight attendant with his tie while trying to force his way into the plane’s cabin Wednesday night, according to CBSN Boston.
Khalil El Dahr reportedly became nervous after a cell phone call he tried to make failed, local news outlet reported. Shortly after, he ran into the cockpit of Flight 261, shouting that he wanted to be shot in Spanish and Arabic, investigators said.
A flight attendant opened the cabin door, CBSN Boston said, and it is alleged that El Dahr proceeded to strangle her with his tie. He then tried to break into the cockpit, the local news outlet said.
The Dahr kicked the flight attendant in the chest as he tightened his tie and prevented the crew member from breathing, according to an FBI affidavit.
He was restrained by six or seven crew members with ties, flexible cuffs and seat belt extensions, CBSN Boston reported.
The Dahr was arrested in Puerto Rico after the flight landed and faced at least one federal charge of interference with members of the flight crew, the affidavit says.
He is still detained in Puerto Rico, The Washington Post reported.
Insider reached out to JetBlue for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.
This summer, there has been a flurry of incidents of unruly behavior on flights, including travelers hitting, yelling and harassing staff members.
Last month, a JetBlue Airways passenger was fined $ 45,000 for sticking his head into the lap of a flight attendant, the Federal Aviation Administration said, Insider’s Dominick Reuter reported.
Insider’s Zahra Tayeb reported that flight attendants say the stress of dealing with problem passengers has left them exhausted and fearing for their safety.
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