A passenger stands accused of biting a flight attendant’s ear in a drunken fit just before Christmas – possibly the worst case of in-flight ear-biting since August 2015, when a maniacal passenger settled a grievance by biting a fellow traveller’s ear off.
In the latest case, the biting is alleged to have happened on a flight from Amsterdam to San Francisco, the East Bay Times reported.
Court documents lodged in US federal court by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) allege that Jonah Cayle Snow attacked two male flight attendants after being approached for smoking a cigarette and drinking alcohol in his seat.
Snow and his girlfriend Nikki Zeebregts, who is reportedly a tattoo artist from the Netherlands, were permitted on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flight 605 on condition that they consume no alcohol while aboard. According to an affidavit by FBI special agent David Peacock, KLM officials advised the crew not to serve the couple alcohol because they had become drunk on their connecting flight from Dussledorf to Amsterdam that day.
The FBI alleges that Snow did consume alcohol on the flight to San Francisco (the crew assumed he had brought it aboard) and the couple began fighting on the flight. Crew had to separate them and later had to restrain Snow, who is alleged to have gone berserk, scratching and biting.
The US Attorney’s Office has charged Snow with one count of “interference with flight crew members and attendants,” punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a USD 250,000 fine.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines said no passengers were injured.
The unrelated incident involving a similar injury in August 2015 involved a passenger flying from the English city of Newcastle. En-route to the Spanish holiday island of Ibiza on Jet2, the man from Newcastle bit a fellow traveller’s ear off. See: Maniac bites off passenger’s ear on crowded jet
In the latest incident, aboard KLM, no one is claiming an ear was bitten off. The affidavit states only that an ear was bitten.
Written by Peter Needham