Passenger accused of hitting crew on NY-LA flight

AP News
Posted: Oct 14, 2011 7:21 PM
Passenger accused of hitting crew on NY-LA flight

Authorities say an American Airlines flight from New York to Los Angeles was diverted to Denver after a drunken passenger hit a flight attendant in the face and yelled threats.

Varoujan Khodjamirian (vahr-OO'-jan kawd-juh-mir-EE'-an) has been charged with interfering with a flight crew. An affidavit says flight attendants had to restrain him with flexible cuffs, and two sat on him until Flight 21 landed Thursday night.

The affidavit alleges the man got loud and disruptive after drinking alcohol. Flight attendants reseated two people who were next to him, and when he began kicking seats in front of him, they moved him to the back row.

The man is then accused of striking a flight attendant and yelling obscenities and threats, including, "I will beat you all down and kill you."

Court records don't list a hometown or attorney for the man.