A Utah A man was arrested for carrying a weapon on Federal prosecutors have said that he assaulted a passenger on an airplane with a deadly weapon and flew into an airplane.
The incident was another example of disorderly behavior that law enforcement officials believe has increased in the sky after the coronavirus pandemic.
Merrill Darrell Fackrell is 41 years old and a native of Syracuse. UtahWas? on JetBlue from New York’s Kennedy International Airport, New York to Salt Lake City on Monday, when he placed his hand in front the video screen of a woman sitting beside him and asked her to stop the movie, prosecutors stated.
The woman took off her headphones and realized that Mr. Fackrell was holding what appeared to be a knife — it was later identified as a wood-handled razor with a one- to two-inch blade — inches from her throat, according to a statement issued on Wednesday by from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah.
The window seat was occupied by Mr. Fackrell. He then rose from his chair and began shouting. “She’s going to be OK” “No one needs to worry,” According to a complaint filed on Tuesday at the U.S. District Court Utah. He also told the woman’s husband, who was sitting in the aisle seat, to “get out of there,” You can punctuate the demand by using an expletive.
The woman’s husband went to the front of the aircraft to find a flight attendant, and the woman “lunged” According to the complaint she was attempting to flee down the aisle while Mr. Fackrell tried to stop her by grasping her shoulder.
One passenger saw the encounter and was able convince Mr. Fackrell that he should place the razor. on According to the charging documents, he sat next to him. According to the complaint, the passenger grabbed the razor and sat next to Mr. Fackrell the rest of his flight.
According to the complaint, Mr. Fackrell who had “a long and varied” Conversation with the woman, before the encounter. “several” Alcoholic drinks
L. Clark Donaldson, the listed lawyer for Mr. Fackrell did not immediately respond to email and phone messages on Thursday.
Fackrell was indicted as a result of airline crews continuing to experience unusually high levels of disruptions since the outbreak of the pandemic. In 2019, 146 investigations into unruliness were launched on planes. According to the, there were 767 such investigations as of November 1, 2022. data From the Federal Aviation Administration.
A California man was arrested and charged with interference with flight crewmembers in September. on According to the Justice Department, a video was taken of a flight attendant at American Airlines while she punched her. The incident occurred on a flight between Mexico and Los Angeles. Prosecutors said that a woman was sentenced to 15-months federal prison for repeatedly punching a Southwest Airlines flight attendant in May last year. She left her with a bloody face and chipped three of her teeth.
It was not immediately apparent on Thursday was how Mr. Fackrell managed to get the razor on the plane. The Transportation Security Administration has the authority to control security and passenger screening at U.S. airports. It stated in a statement it was working with federal prosecutors and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. on Mr. Fackrell’s case.
The agency is “introducing new X-ray technology at more airports to improve our capability to better detect items such as the one used in this incident,” According to the statement. “We commend the actions of the flight attendants and other passengers on this flight.”