A man who traveled from Thailand to the United States has been charged with jumping out of an American Airlines plane onto the tarmac at Charlotte Douglas Airport Thursday.
Tun Lon Sein of Myanmar has been charged with federal crimes, and appeared in federal court Friday.
Sein had flown from Thailand to Hong Kong to New Jersey to Charlotte in an effort to reach his final destination of New Bern, NC.
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According to a criminal complaint, while aboard his flight to New Bern, Sein got out of his seat, went to the main aircraft door and attempted to open it. A flight attendant and two other passengers tried to convince Sein to return to his seat.
Sein allegedly attempted to bite the flight attendant’s hand before opening the galley service door and jumping onto the tarmac.
Sein was prevented from running onto the taxiway by an airport ramp worker and a member of the Charlotte airport operations staff. He was then taken to the airport terminal and transported to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment.
Court documents revealed that Sein did not speak nor understand much English, making his case a challenge in federal court since an interpreter who could translate Sein’s dialect could not be found. Locating an interpreter will take at least a week during which Sein must remain in custody.
Sein’s immigration was sponsored by the Episcopal Migration Ministry which is speaking with law enforcement and the State Department to learn how they might assist with the case.
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