A drunken traveler was arrested for allegedly hitting a crew member in the face as he was restrained aboard a Delta Airlines flight from Minneapolis to Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said today.
Allen Chaves, 36, of Stillwater, Minn., was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor assault, but could face additional charges for striking the flight attendant on Wednesday evening, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.
Witnesses told authorities that Chaves became unruly during Delta Flight 2321 and had to be restrained by several crew members and passengers. As he was being held down, Chaves allegedly struck a male flight attendant in the face, Eimiller said.
Chaves was removed from the plane shortly after it pulled up to Terminal 5 around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday because he was too inebriated to stand, said Airport Police Sgt. Belinda Nettles.
He reportedly was so intoxicated that he was taken to a hospital until he sobered up and was released, Eimiller and Nettles said.
An ambulance crew treated the flight attendant for injuries to his face, Eimiller said.