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Man may get 20 years to repent alleged in-flight antics

July 18, 2014 Aviation, Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59An American could face up to 20 years in a US federal prison if found guilty of threatening to kill several flight attendants on a British Airways flight from London to Los Angeles.

The man, named as Kevin Mosele of Hawaii, is also alleged to have claimed to have a bomb on the transatlantic flight.

FBI agents arrested Mosele on landing at Los Angeles International Airport and charged him with interference with a flight crew, the New York Daily News reported.

The crime carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

Mosele, 20, told FBI agents he had several drinks during a nine-hour layover in London before boarding his Los Angeles-bound flight, the arrest affidavit states. Spoken to in flight about his unpleasant behaviour, Mosele is said to have threatened flight attendants, saying, “I am going to f****** kill you,” “I am going to open this door,” and “I am going to set off a bomb”.

When the plane’s captain gave Mosele a warning, Mosele responded by addressing the captain in mocking tones: “Ooo, el Capitan, can I pretend to be a stewardess?” That’s according to the FBI affidavit, which quoted a passenger.

When matters came to the crunch, it took four male flight attendants to subdue and restrain Mosele, fastening him with metal handcuffs to a seat and securing him with webbing, authorities said.

A passenger told investigators that the captain warned Mosele to calm down or he would have to “you off drop in Iceland”, the affidavit states.

The saga went on. At one point, a flight attendant issued a written warning to Mosele, only for him to rip it up, the affidavit claims

Mosele is then said to have dared the captain to divert the flight, saying, “You won’t land for just one person!”

A flight attendant said Mosele’s eyes were bloodshot. He “seemed to be intoxicated,” according to the affidavit. Another flight attendant came across two small wine bottles and two small whiskey bottles near Mosele’s seat. Neither type of bottle was sold on the flight, the flight attendant told FBI agents.

“You better let me out or I am going to kill you and open the aircraft door,” Mosele is said to have yelled, allegedly adding for good measure, “I will find you on Facebook and kill you”.

He is said to have spent hours cursing flight attendants and spitting at them, while cuffed and enmeshed in webbing.

Mosele allegedly apologised while speaking to FBI agents, admitting to threatening the flight attendants and cursing them.

Mosele is now free of the webbing. A US Federal Court has released him on USD 10,000 bail to appear in court on 4 August 2014. He is no doubt enjoying his freedom while contemplating what the immediate future may hold.

Written by Peter Needham

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. Industry Travel Asia says:

    This is a bad day to be in the news threatening to blow up planes in mid-air.

    I trust the judge will take into account this guys behavour. arrogance, and stupidity (thank you he could not detonate his shoes…) and give him time to cool off and reflect. 20 Years for stupidity. Aussies get less than than in Bali.

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