Drunk Airline Passenger Punches Flight Attendant

By Bryan Le 02/25/14

Angry that he was denied more alcohol, Edgar Nonga attacked a flight attendant before he was restrained by the flight crew and five passengers.

Nonga being escorted away by police.
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While most people can go an entire flight without drunkenly punching a flight attendant, 53-year-old Edgar Nafarette Nonga apparently isn't most people.

According the the U.S. Department of Justice, an intoxicated Nonga became aggressive while on a flight from the Philippines to LAX and started swearing when he was denied further alcoholic drinks by a flight attendant. Ignoring several warnings issued by the flight crew, he punched a male attendant in the face and torso, while threatening a female crew member, according to the FBI. The flight crew, with the help of at least five passengers, were able to subdue Nonga and hold him in flex-cuffs until they were able to land.

Fellow passenger Brae Wyckoff recorded video of the aftermath and posted it on YouTube. "This man tried to rip off the food tray attached to seat and went into fitful rages before being apprehended," said Wyckoff said in the video's description.

Wyckoff's video shows police officers escorting Nonga off the plane after it landed in Los Angeles. Nonga faces charges of interfering with a flight crew, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and was released on a $10,000 bail. Just another reason not to drink and fly.

Watch Brae Wykoff's video of the aftermath below:

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