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Man Sentenced to Prison for Beating Passengers and Crew Onboard

A Florida man, Joseph D. Hudek was on Tuesday, sentenced to two years in prison for beating passengers and crew members with a wine bottle last July on a Seattle-Beijing flight.

According to Seattletimes, the 24 year old Mr Hudek had pleaded guilty in February to one count of interfering with a flight-crew member and three counts of assault on an aircraft.

Hudek reportedly wanted to sleep on the long-haul intercontinental Delta flight and took at least three 10-gram marijuana candies before boarding the flight on July 6, 2017.

As a result of the drug, he suffered delusions, hallucinations and “marijuana-induced psychosis and endangered the lives of all the individuals flying at 30,000 feet on that flight.

Hudek (whose mother worked for the airline at the time of the incident), was flying first class on a “dependent pass” aboard Delta Air Lines Flight 129 along with 209 other passengers and 11 crew members.

According to the Prosecutors, Hudek tried to open an exit door while the flight was over the Pacific Ocean, managing to move the lever about halfway up.

When two flight attendants tried to stop him from opening the door, Hudek became violent. A fight ensued in which Hudek punched one of the attendants twice in the face and hit a fellow passenger with a wine bottle and with his fists.

A flight attendant hit Hudek with two bottles of wine, breaking one over his head. passengers eventually restrained him before the plane returned to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Lon Arnold, a passenger who suffered facial injuries when he tried to help flight attendants subdue Hudek, said he suffered permanent damage to one eye and a brain injury.


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