Passenger charged with punching flight attendant

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Posted: Feb 24, 2014 9:10 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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.

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He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

His attorney, David Sutton, declined to immediately comment.