Passenger clashes with flight attendant as plane begins descent to Dulles: FBI – NBC4 Washington
A passenger on a flight to Dulles International Airport exploded as the crew prepared to land, prosecutors said.
The latest scare in the air occurred on an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Dublin to Dulles earlier this week.
Elias Fethamlk is accused of having verbally and physically confronted a flight attendant on the plane as he was making his descent.
According to an FBI affidavit, Fethamlk approached the flight attendant and asked for white wine and red wine. Fethamlk then attempted to take a picture of the flight attendant, grabbed her by the arms and pushed her against the cabin door, the affidavit states.
The pilot had to intervene.
Fethamlk has yet to make his case. No lawyer is listed for him, so he has not been contacted for comment.
The case is one of a growing number of air rage investigations across the country this year. A recent News4 I-Team report found that the number of cases has exploded to over 5,400 notifications this year alone.
The head of the Association of Flight Attendants said many incidents were caused by passengers drinking alcohol.
“People do things and make decisions that they wouldn’t do otherwise,” said Sara Nelson. “And they also don’t know that at 8,000 feet the pressurization in the cabin has an additional effect on you if you also drink alcohol.”
She says face mask disputes are also leading to an increase in air rage disputes.