Man high on magic mushrooms charged with attacking flight attendant and damaging lavatory door on United Airlines flight from Miami

A 24-year-old man has been charged with assaulting and interfering with a flight attendant on a flight from Miami to Washington DC in which the suspect is also accused of damaging a bathroom door and breaking in in another passenger who was using a lavatory.

Cherruy Loghan Sevilla of Houston, Texas, told the FBI shortly after his arrest that he took magic mushrooms (psilocybin) shortly before boarding United Airlines flight UA2116 on Tuesday.

Psilocybin is a psychedelic that can cause hallucinations. Researchers warn that it can become “nearly impossible to think or act normally‘ under the influence of psilocybin.

Sevilla told investigators he had taken psilocybin before and was “not totally surprised” by allegations of his behavior on board the Boeing 737 operated by United Airlines.

According to an affidavit submitted by the FBI to the court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Sevilla began acting strangely about an hour into the two-hour flight to Washington DC.

At one point, Sevilla broke a piece of plastic off the lavatory door, then managed to get through the locked door and burst into another passenger who was using the lavatory.

Sevilla ran down the aisle, clapping loudly near the cockpit, shouting obscenities and getting in front of the other passengers. He was directed to his seat, but he started screaming and screaming and lay down on the floor.

When a flight attendant ordered him back to his seat, Sevilla suddenly jumped up and attacked the flight attendant grabbing and twisting his chest.

At this point, other passengers and an unidentified law enforcement officer came and intervened. Sevilla was handcuffed and restrained in his seat, while the pilots continued to fly to Washington DC.

The captain told the FBI he had declared a Level 2 disruption – the second highest threat level – and asked law enforcement to meet the plane upon arrival.

Sevilla has been released on bail until his next court appearance on October 13. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

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Mateusz Maszczynski

Mateusz Maszczynski honed his skills as an international flight attendant at the Middle East’s most important airline and flew throughout the COVID-19 pandemic for a well-known European airline. Matt is passionate about the aviation industry and has become an expert in passenger experience and human-centered stories. Always on the cutting edge, Matt’s knowledge, analysis and news coverage are often used by some of the biggest names in journalism.

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