AA Passenger Remains In Custody For Interfering With Flight Crew

UPDATED | September 26, 2016 9:56 AM

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LUBBOCK, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — A Las Vegas man who was a passenger on American Airlines flight 2542 early Thursday morning in route from Ontario, California, to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, which was diverted to Lubbock, has been charged in a federal criminal complaint with interference with a flight crew.

The office of U.S Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas said, Jerry Ba Nguyen, remained detained after his initial court appearance Friday, pending a detention hearing.

According to the complaint, Nguyen, 24, “knowingly interfered and attempted to interfere with the performance of the duties of a flight crew member and flight attendant, lessening their ability to perform their duties, by assaulting and intimidating the flight attendant and flight crew member by refusing to comply with instructions from flight attendants and attempting to forcibly enter the cockpit.”

Nguyen came to the attention of the flight attendants as the plane was leaving the gate in Ontario, appearing agitated and walking toward the front of the aircraft as it prepared to take off, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

The release goes on to explain how thing escalated during the flight:

Flight attendants were able to calm him down, and the plane departed. After takeoff, however, Nguyen’s erratic behavior continued; he mumbled that the SIM card had been stolen from his phone and he made suicidal statements. He also stated that the police were not his friends, and the U.S. government was responsible for the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Nguyen was asked to remain in his seat by the flight crew on multiple occasions, but refused. Flight attendants were so concerned about his behavior that they recruited several passengers to assist with physically restraining Nguyen if it became necessary.

Upon final approach, Nguyen walked to the front of the aircraft and began banging on and kicking the cockpit door. He was subdued by passengers at the request of the flight crew and then restrained with flex cuffs provided by the flight attendants,

The Captain declared an emergency and diverted the flight to Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport, where it landed safely. Nguyen was removed from the plane and taken into custody

The maximum statutory penalty for the offense of interfering with a flight crew is 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

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One Comment

  1. Slitherally the candidate says:

    Probably a liberal demanding that he had a right to fly fly first class.

  2. John W says:

    Should’ve never left the gate if there was any indication of mental illness or odd behavior.

    1. I find it shocking and irresponsible for the captain to have continued with take off after this idiot’s behavior on the ground. Have we not learned anything yet??

      1. Lawrence E Fogarty says:

        I agree. The pilots of all people getting ready to take off should have recognized that Nguyen was also warming up for the task at hand.

  3. george humphrey says:


  4. Bruce says:

    Put him on a BUS back to Laos.

    1. Ken Valley says:

      Hey, Dufus, based on his name he’s Vietnamese, not from Laos! There goes more stereotype of people’s ethnicity!

      1. Nbr1 says:

        Yeah, right, the “Jerry” part is a dead give-away.

      2. So, if my last name is Martinez… what does that indicate about my nationality, Mr. PC?

      3. Lawrence E Fogarty says:

        at this point ” what Difference does it make” said one pilot to the other.

  5. Bill says:

    That has forever changed…never again will Americans sit by while their plane is hijacked. God Bless Flight 93…”let’s Roll!”

    1. pyeatte says:

      This is the reason why a repeat of 9-11 is operationally impossible.

  6. whooosh says:

    They should have dropped to 10,000 feet and thrown his as* out of the plane.

    1. Count Yob says:

      I agree with the sentiment but it’s too risky to unseal and depressurize a modern jetliner in flight just to throw out a troublesome passenger.

  7. First Last says:

    What we need is “comprehensive immigration reform”. Uh huh. Like this story? Vote for Hillary Clinton to ensure many more just like it.

  8. Further proof that 911 truthers are mentally ill as evidenced by this turd’s actions.

    1. Truth says:

      I have learned not to argue with stupid people for they will bring you down to their level and beat you with experience~

  9. Rich Gongol says:

    Another @&&%0le acting up on a plane. Lock a few of them up for 20 years or so and maybe it will stop

  10. Those flex cuff should be installed tightly…around the neck of anyone who disrupts a flight!

  11. Why would the pilot take an extra ~hour to divert to Lubbock if he was already on final approach to Dallas?

    1. h says:

      Dallas is an American Hub… cant block the runway or terminal with this problem so take him where flight operations arent hindered.

  12. Gary says:

    Sounds like a Democrat. Let’s see…Bush Admin planned 9/11 attack..check! Erratic behavior..definitely a Check!….., Probably illegal immigrant, thus democrat voter…Check! Hates the police….CHECK!! More signs there of Democrat brainwashing, but enough for now. Definitely a Hillary voter.

  13. JOSE says:


  14. Anti-racists say there is a RACE problem that can only be solved when the third world pours into EVERY White country and “assimilates.”

    What if I said there was a RACE problem that could only be solved if hundreds of millions of non-Blacks were brought into EVERY Black country? How long before people realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem, but the conclusion to the BLACK problem?

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  15. Prelusive007 says:

    Sounds like something that a muslim might do . . . or might happen in Indonesia, eh Barack?!

    “CHANGE” . . . . . leftwingnut style.

    Want more leftwingnutbullshlt in America? Vote for Hillary Clinton. She’ll give you more “change”.

  16. gunnyginalaska says:

    Why does that NEVER happen when I fly?

  17. Good for the passenger’s.

  18. Can you imagine what a better outcome would have been in store for so many on 9/11 had those passengers not been illegally stripped of their 2nd Amendment rights?

    7th century savages with box cutters would have been up against numerous real humans with glocks.

  19. Jeffrey Gee says:

    Where was the TSA or Air Marshalls? No where to be found. Once again American civilians have to stop criminals then release them to the police…

  20. Carlos Danger says:

    Well done, civilian passengers. In a world where government so often either can not or will not, we are responsible for our own defense.

    Never Again!

  21. Gerald Springer says:

    I don’t understand, if the plane was on final approach why did he divert the flight to another airport?

  22. JBnID says:

    New rule: Three warnings to sit down and shut up, then you’re shown the door.

  23. wolfmoon1776 says:

    Hmmm. I think I’m going to vote for Hillary Clinton, to increase my chances of having one of these highly entertaining “wrestle the crazy immigrant” moments on every plane flight.

  24. craniumlogos says:

    Two words: “bath salts”

  25. Terry Miller says:

    Re: 9/11. I agree with Nguyen.

  26. busseja says:

    Needs help. Clearly he fell off the truck. Not terrorism, just a guy having a really bad day.

  27. johnpolkboaz says:

    Gee, I wonder where he got the idea that 9/11 was a Bush conspiracy?

  28. Wharfplank says:

    Obama voter…twice.

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