AMARILLO (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Two men have been convicted of disrupting a Southwest Airlines flight headed from Texas to Chicago.READ MORE: Fort Worth Restaurant Owner Excited To Be Able To Fill Every Table With Texas '100% Open' Next Week
Jonathan Khalid Petras and Wisam Imad Shaker, both from California, were convicted Thursday in Amarillo of interference with a flight crew and aiding and abetting. Each faces up to 20 years in federal prison.
An affidavit says Petras, Shaker and four other men boarded Flight 1522 in San Diego last August and sat together. Prosecutors say the men became aggressive, used obscene language when denied alcohol and refused instructions from flight attendants. Pilots eventually diverted the plane to Amarillo.READ MORE: After Not Receiving Pardon, 'Tiger King' Joe Exotic Wants New Trial
All six were detained when the jet landed at Rick Husband International Airport. The flight continued to Midway International Airport after a brief delay.
Essa Solaqa and Khalid Yohana were acquitted Thursday. Charges against two other men were previously dismissed.MORE NEWS: Dallas County Surpasses 3,000 COVID-19 Deaths, 25 More Reported Tuesday
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