First-class Flier causes absolute chaos with ‘kind’ attack, says Feds
A first-class passenger flying home from Atlanta became enraged at a flight attendant who refused to continue serving alcohol to the man, calling him a “fool” and “odd freak” before throwing poured ice water on him and hit him with an on-board phone, according to an FBI affidavit first obtained by The Daily Beast.
Christopher Alexander Morgan was arrested when Delta Air Lines Flight 2908 landed April 22 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. He is facing charges of interfering with crew members or flight attendants, a felony that carries up to 20 years in prison.
The exam began before the plane left the ground, when Morgan, who was sitting in seat 1D, “reclined his seat and refused to fasten his seat belt,” the affidavit alleges.
Two flight attendants told Morgan he needed to bring his seat to the upright position for take-off, but he refused, being “uncooperative and not following their instructions,” according to the affidavit.
Once the plane took off, Morgan ordered and was served an alcoholic beverage. When he ordered a second dish, the flight attendant, who was identified only in the complaint as “HD”, instead offered him a non-alcoholic drink, which “infuriated Morgan”, alleging. clearly stated.
“Morgan called HD the letter f and a ‘gay guy’ and threw a glass of ice water at the HD,” the affidavit continued. downplaying Morgan’s aggressive behavior, Morgan got angry at the RO passenger and brought the glass he was holding to RO’s face.”
At this point, HD, the flight attendant and main focus of Morgan, went to the showroom to call the captain and tell him what was happening in the cabin.
“According to HD, Morgan then got up from his seat, grabbed HD’s phone, and smashed HD in the chest with the phone,” the affidavit read. “Passenger RO reported that he heard Morgan calling HD a ‘fool’ and that he observed Morgan taking the plane phone from the HD and throwing it at him.”
Another flight attendant guarded the cockpit door for the rest of the flight, “out of concern for crew security,” the affidavit said. “HD reports that he has no idea what Morgan might do next.”
When the flight landed in Phoenix, FBI agents met the plane and interviewed Morgan.
Morgan “said the flight attendant was gay and this made him uncomfortable,” according to the affidavit, which Morgan admitted was angered at being denied another drink.
“Morgan said he was homophobic and likely threatened the flight attendants,” the affidavit concluded. “He said his homophobia may have escalated his temper towards flight attendants and he admitted that he called HD a weirdo.”
However, it added, Morgan “denied attacking HD and said he had never touched the phone.”
So far in 2022, the Federal Aviation Administration has received 1,233 unruly passenger reports, conducted 370 investigations and referred 80 cases to the FBI for criminal review, according to the latest FAA data. . In 2021, the FAA conducted 991 passenger disturbance investigations, up 441% from 2020.
As The Daily Beast reported earlier this month, Southwest passenger Antonio Sherrodd McGarity was arrested after a three-hour flight from Seattle to Phoenix for allegedly masturbating publicly four times during the trip. He told arresting officers that he thought his behavior was “kind of eccentric,” according to court records.
Morgan does not have an attorney listed in court records and could not be reached on Friday. Delta did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment.
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