Saturday, February 7, 2009

Airsick's Douchebag of the Week Winner

An airline passenger whose flight was diverted to Raleigh-Durham International Airport after he was caught smoking in a lavatory pleaded guilty this week to a federal charge of interfering with a flight attendant and crew.

Henry Raymond McDowell Jr., 34, of Coram, N.Y., was on a Nov. 19 Comair flight from New York to Savannah, Ga., when he entered the lavatory, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Raleigh said in a news release. The smoke detector went off, and the pilot smelled smoke.

McDowell eventually admitted he had been smoking and had put the cigarette in the toilet, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The pilot decided to divert the plane to RDU, prompting a passenger to make a derogatory comment to McDowell. Prosecutors said McDowell then threatened to kill the passenger and his family.

A flight attendant tried to intervene and was struck twice by McDowell. After other passengers helped get McDowell under control, he was seated near the front of the plane, away from his companion, whom he had been verbally abusing.

McDowell pleaded guilty Tuesday in Greenville before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Daniel. His sentencing is set for the May 4 term of court.

Lawyers in the Federal Public Defender's Office who represented McDowell declined to comment while his case is still pending.

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SEDONA said...

I really wonder how he can risk life of others :-(