A man who allegedly bit a Hawaiian Airlines worker on a flight to Honolulu from American Samoa told an FBI agent that he “might have been blacked out, out of my mind,” during the incident and that he is “a bad drunk.”
Aumoeualogo Togia is charged with interference with flight crew members and attendants.
In a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in federal court, an FBI agent detailed what happened on Flight 466 that left Pago Pago Monday night and arrived in Honolulu at about 5:45 a.m. Tuesday.
The 35-year-old Togia told an FBI agent he had two beers before the flight and consumed multiple small bottles of alcohol.
The incident began at about 3 a.m. Hawaii time when the pilot locked down the cockpit because of a disturbance on the plane.
A Hawaiian Airlines cargo worker on the flight told authorities that Togia wasn’t complying with instructions to take his seat and that he smelled of alcohol.
After talking to Togia for about a half hour, the cargo worker said Togia punched a restroom door and threatened to kill the worker.
Another cargo worker and two other passengers then began restraining Togia, using tie straps for his hand and extra seat belts to strap him to a set.
Togia allegedly bit one of the cargo workers in the hand while they tried to tie him down.
Once restrained, Togia allegedly yelled that he wanted to kill the crew.
At about 9:25 a.m., after the flight landed, an FBI agent interviewed Togia in a holding cell at the airport.
Togia said he remembered talking story with the flight crew and said they “ambushed” him, so he fought back.
He said he didn’t think he had too much to drink, but later admitted he didn’t remember any details between talking with the crew members and being restrained.
He said he had no idea what happened or why he was in handcuffs.
If convicted, Togia faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.