Passengers on flight from Hawaii to Washington fined $ 52,000, charged with assaulting crew

SEATTLE – A federal jury in Seattle has indicted a man accused of punching a flight attendant twice in the face and trying to open the cockpit door during a flight from Hawaii to Washington.

Ryan Cajimat, 21, of Kapolei, Hawaii, is accused of disturbing flight crew members and companions, as well as assault within a special aviation jurisdiction in the United States, the Department of Justice announced Friday. He is scheduled to head on November 18.

Investigators say Cajimat was on a Delta Airlines flight from Honolulu to Seattle on Christmas Eve 2020 when he was disturbed and began fighting with flight attendants. He was detained for the rest of the flight and was removed from the plane in Seattle.

A phone number for Cajimat could not be found Saturday afternoon.

The Federal Aviation Administration fined Cajimat $ 52,500 and Delta Airlines banned him from traveling with the company.

Federal prosecutors say interference can be punished with up to 20 years in prison and a $ 250,000 fine. Assaults on a plane can be punished with up to a year in prison and a fine of $ 100,000.

– Associated Press

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