Unruly Air Passenger From Japan Arrested In Hawaii

By Salon Staff

Published January 10, 2012 4:18AM (EST)

HONOLULU (AP) — A 65-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a flight attendant aboard a Delta Airlines flight from Tokyo to Honolulu.

According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Sohei Yamanouchi hit the flight attendant once with an open hand and once with a closed fist after drinking multiple glasses of wine.

Officials say the flight attendant was not seriously injured.

FBI agents arrested Yamanouchi after the flight landed Monday morning at Honolulu International Airport. The Japanese citizen was charged with assault aboard an aircraft, which carries a maximum penalty of six months in prison and a $10,000 fine.

He was ordered to give up his passport and stay in Oahu, and was released on $10,000 bond. A hearing is set for Jan. 20.

Salon Staff

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