A former San Francisco Bay Area man is accused of biting a flight attendant’s ear while in a drunken rage on a flight from Amsterdam to San Francisco International Airport.
Jonah Cayle Snow and his girlfriend, Nikki Zeebregts, were allowed on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flight 605 on Wednesday but not before they agreed that they would not be served alcohol while aboard. The two were already extremely drunk after getting off a previous flight from Dusseldorf to Amsterdam.
The trouble began halfway through the 11-hour flight after flight attendants had to separate the couple for fighting. They brought Zeebregts to the rear of the plane “to calm down”.
According to FBI agent David F. Peacock, “Zeebregts again became aggressive and disruptive and was restrained to prevent injury to flight attendants or any passengers. Shortly thereafter, flight attendants began to smell cigarette smoke and identified that Snow was smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol in his seat.”
The attendants figured that Snow bought the alcohol on board despite being told not to. They told Snow to put out his cigarette and it was at that point that Snow became “verbally aggressive and disruptive.”
FBI agent Peacock wrote in his report, “Two male flight attendants approached Snow to place him in constraints. Snow resisted the flight attendants, violently flailing, scratching both flight attendants.”
One of the attendants received the brunt of the abuse, including a bite to the ear.
Snow was eventually subdued and one of the female flight attendants had to sit with him until they arrived at San Francisco Airport. Upon the flight’s arrival at SFO, he was taken to the hospital and Snow was placed under arrest.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office charged Snow on Thursday with one count of “interference with flight crew members and attendants,” punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
His girlfriend wasn’t charged.
H/T: East Bay Times
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