Last updated: 12:31 PM ET, Wed April 27 2016

Passenger Remains in Custody After Attacking Korean Air Flight Attendant

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | April 27, 2016

Passenger Remains in Custody After Attacking Korean Air Flight Attendant

Photo courtesy of Korean Air

A passenger on a Korean Air flight who allegedly attacked a crew member will remain in police custody until at least his next court hearing in early May.

The male passenger, identified as Kwon Woo Sung of South Korea by the Guam Pacific Daily News, attended a hearing Tuesday morning in the District Court of Guam where a judge denied his motion for a release.

Sung has been charged with interference with flight attendants, which carries a 20-year prison sentence, fines or both. He was on Korean Air Flight 2115 from Guam to Seoul on April 17 when he reportedly drank five beers. When the flight attendants decided to cut the passenger off from any more alcohol, he went to the bathroom and was caught smoking a cigarette inside the stall.

After Sung admitted he was smoking, he told crew members he’d pay a fine and then ordered two more beers. When a flight attendant told him that he would not be served more alcohol, he verbally attacked her, according to court documents.

The crew member told her supervisor about the incident, who told the man that he was creating an issue on the flight. Sung threatened the supervisor and eventually began dragging him down the aisle before fellow passengers jumped into action and subdued the man for the remainder of the flight.

The attendants and passengers tied the man’s hands and feet until the plane landed safely in Seoul, where Sung was taken into custody by local authorities.


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