According to CBSN Boston, a disruptive passenger on a JetBlue flight from Boston to San Juan, Puerto Rico, was arrested after allegedly choking a flight attendant with his necktie while attempting to force his way into the plane’s cockpit on Wednesday evening.
According to local media, Khalil El Dahr became irritated after a cell phone call he attempted did not go through. Shortly after, he raced towards the cockpit of Flight 261, demanding in Spanish and Arabic that he wanted to be shot.
According to CBSN Boston, a flight attendant opened the cockpit door, and El Dahr proceeded to choke her with his necktie. According to local media, he then attempted to break into the cockpit.
According to an FBI document, El Dahr kicked the flight attendant in the chest while tightening the necktie and preventing the crew member from breathing.
According to CBSN Boston, he was secured by six or seven crew members using neckties, flex cuffs, and seatbelt extensions.
According to the affidavit, El Dahr was arrested in Puerto Rico after the flight landed and faces at least one federal allegation of interfering with flight crew members.
According to The Washington Post, he is still being held in Puerto Rico.
Insider reached out to JetBlue for comment but did not receive a response right away.
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