Assault on Attendant Forces Delta Flight to Return to Seattle

Joseph Daniel Hudek was accused of trying to open the exit door on a Delta flight

In a mid air security incident, A Delta Air Lines flight turned back after takeoff from Seattle to Beijing on Thursday night due to a unruly passenger behavior in the first class cabin.

Airport officials were told by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that the incident is not believed to have been a national security threat.

Fortunately, the flight attendant and passenger who were assaulted sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

The FBI, Port of Seattle Police Department, as well as U.S. Customs and Border Protection all responded to the incident, a FBI representative told the Seattle Times.

Yet airline employees aren't always the villains in these stories, as demonstrated by the news of a Florida man's attempt to open the exit door during a flight from Seattle, Washington to Beijing, China on Thursday.

Two attendants grabbed him and pushed him away before Hudek punched one twice in the face and struck another passenger with a wine bottle.

A Delta flight attendant was taken into custody when a plane he was working on landed at Detroit Metro Airport on Friday.

According to an FBI investigator's account, Hudek was served a single beer on the flight and did not appear to be impaired.




Hudek was arrested and charged Friday with one count of interference with flight crew members. There were 207 passengers on board, according to Delta.

Hudek broke out of a headlock that one passenger managed to maneuver.

Passenger Dustin Jones was seated just behind the curtains that led to first class, and said he could tell there was a scuffle happening.

"Flight 129 returned to Seattle following a security incident with a passenger".

A FLIGHT attendant smashed two bottles of wine over a raging passenger's head after he lunged for the exit door mid-flight and started punching holidaymakers.

The flight re-departed to Beijing about midnight.

Jones said after they had landed back at Sea-Tac, he saw the man handcuffed and zip tied, being rolled out into the terminal in a wheelchair. He was screaming for people to help him.

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