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Man charged in flight assault

May 23, 2008|Dan Weikel

An unruly airline passenger who had to be duct-taped to his seat during a trip from Hong Kong to Los Angeles was indicted Thursday on federal charges of assault and interfering with flight crew members.

The FBI said James Allen Cameron, 49, of Anaheim is accused of hitting at least one cabin attendant and interfering with other crew members during a United Airlines flight that landed at Los Angeles International Airport on April 23.

Authorities alleged he was so belligerent and verbally abusive that crew members strapped him to his seat for a portion of the flight.

If convicted, Cameron could face maximum penalties of six months in prison on the assault charge and up to 20 years in prison for interfering with the flight crew. Cameron, who is free on a $50,000 bond, is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court next week.

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Dan Weikel

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