A Lakewood man who allegedly punched a flight attendant while drunk aboard a weekend international flight into LAX faced a federal criminal charge on Monday.
Edgar Nafarrette Nonga, 53, was on Philippine Airlines flight 112 from Manila to Los Angeles when the flight crew and at least five passengers restrained him after he became irate when he was refused more alcoholic drinks, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
He appeared in U.S. District Court in L.A. on Monday to face a charge of interference with a flight crew, which carries of maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison. He was granted bail of $10,000.
Los Angeles International Airport police and FBI agents responded when the plane landed Sunday morning.
Nonga allegedly swore at flight crew members when making demands, and was issued several warnings. He twice punched a flight attendant, including in the face and upper torso, according to a news release sent out by the FBI.
Nonga was restrained and placed in flex-cuffs by the flight crew, with the help from at least five fellow passengers, the news release stated.
A video posted to YouTube Monday appeared to show the incident’s aftermath, with police officers talking to the man after the plane had landed at LAX. Brae Wyckoff wrote in his description of the video that he and another man were “forced to tackle” the man.
“This man tried to rip off the food tray attached to seat and went into fitful rages before being apprehended by Bill and Brae,” Wyckoff wrote.