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Passenger charged with punching flight attendant

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:08 a.m. HST, Feb 25, 2014

LOS ANGELES » A man who allegedly punched a flight attendant on a Los Angeles-bound jetliner has been charged with interfering with a flight crew.

The FBI says 53-year-old Edgar Nonga of Lakewood was charged with the federal offense on Monday. His bail was set at $10,000.

Prosecutors say Nonga got drunk during a Philippine Airlines flight from Manila to LA over the weekend and got angry when he was refused more drinks.

Prosecutors say Nonga swore at crew members and twice punched a flight attendant — including once in the face. The crew, with help from at least five passengers, restrained him and he was arrested Sunday morning when the plane landed.

He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

His attorney, David Sutton, declined to immediately comment.

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joeglick wrote:
Wow ! Hope it was worth rying to get that additional cocktail, because as everyone knows, there is no bars Oahu.
on February 24,2014 | 07:12PM
serious wrote:
That's a 13 hour flight. Put your booze in miniatures with your prescription drugs and carry an empty water bottle, when you past security pour into your water bottle--order a coke and mix--saves the bucks and you don't have to argue with an attendant.
on February 25,2014 | 05:18AM
joseph007 wrote:
His attorney will say that 1) it didn't happen, and 2) if it did, he was "mentally incompetent due to the high atmosphere, and 3) the flight attendant initiated the fight and he was just defending himself.
on February 25,2014 | 07:44AM
false wrote:
and the food was bad.
on February 25,2014 | 10:09AM
cojef wrote:
if you could call it food, when throw at you.
on February 25,2014 | 10:20AM
808warriorfan wrote:
The Feds need to make an example out of a few IDIOTS to let people know you can't do stuff like this
on February 24,2014 | 07:20PM
Grimbold wrote:
Sub-human numbers are on the rise.
on February 25,2014 | 05:37AM
SteveToo wrote:
put the dude on the no fly list.
on February 24,2014 | 07:30PM
BIG wrote:
on February 25,2014 | 07:12AM
scooters wrote:
Book'em Danno!
on February 24,2014 | 07:48PM
Tahitigirl55 wrote:
on February 25,2014 | 11:29AM
Papakolea wrote:
"Drunk no count" is not an excuse.
on February 24,2014 | 08:04PM
nippy68 wrote:
give the guy the " twenty " !!!!!!!
on February 25,2014 | 04:57AM
cojef wrote:
Yeah, but tax payer still have pick-up the tab. Pirates used to make him walk the plank, perhaps let him ride side-saddle on the wing of the plane.
on February 25,2014 | 10:22AM
samidunn wrote:
They shouldn't serve booze on airplanes.
on February 25,2014 | 06:54AM
hawaiiwalter wrote:
Give the guy a break. He only wanted one more cocktail. Besides, the flight attendant probably started the altercation in the first place. If it was Hawaiian Airlines, I would say it definately had to be the flight attendant.
on February 25,2014 | 08:16AM
false wrote:
They should have escorted him out the door, in flight.
on February 25,2014 | 10:08AM
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