This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

A 24-year-old Florida man who brandished a wine bottle to beat a Delta flight crew and other passengers on board was sentenced to two years in prison on Tuesday in a Seattle federal court.

Joseph D. Hudek IV was charged with one count of interfering with a flight-crew member and three counts of assault on an aircraft — charges he previously pleaded guilty to in February after starting a mid-flight brawl on a Delta flight 129 from Seattle (SEA) to Beijing (PEK) in July 2017.

According to Hudek’s lawyer, before the bizarre and violent incident, Hudek ingested at least three (possibly more) 10-gram marijuana laced candies before boarding the long-haul flight. Hudek’s lawyer said it was to help him sleep, but instead caused Hudek to suffer “marijuana-induced psychosis,” including delusions and hallucinations.

Hudek apologized in court for his behavior on the flight. “I’m deeply sorry for everything that’s happened,” he said.

Regardless of his state of mind, Hudek became unruly during the flight. He was flying in the Delta One premium cabin on a “dependent pass” because his mother worked for Delta (she has since lost her job). According to the lawsuit complaint, he emerged from the lavatory and tried to open the emergency exit door in mid-air.

This July 7, 2017, photo taken the FBI and released via the U.S. Attorney
This July 7, 2017, photo taken the FBI and released via the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle shows the aftermath of a cabin on Delta Flight 129 from Seattle to Beijing, after authorities say flight attendants struggled with a passenger who lunged for an exit door. A Florida man who brawled with flight attendants and passengers when he tried to open the exit door of a Delta Air Lines flight bound from Seattle to China has pleaded guilty to four felony charges. (FBI via U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle via AP, File)

He “lunged toward the forward right exit door of the aircraft, grabbed the handle, and attempted to open it,” according to the complaint. Two Delta flight attendants attempted to grab him and stop him, but he pushed them away and kept trying to open the door.

In the melee, Hudek punched a flight attendant twice in the face, hit a male passenger attempting to restrain him with the wine bottle and punched him twice. Eventually passengers and flight attendants were able to get zip ties around his hands, but he remained combative, and multiple passengers were needed to keep him restrained while the flight returned to Seattle (SEA).

Federal prosecutors said Hudek’s behavior put the plane’s 209 other passengers’ and 11 flight crews’ lives in jeopardy.

“He recklessly created a risk that endangered all the individuals flying at 30,000 feet on that flight that day,”  Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Hobbs told the court.

Earlier this year, a Texas man was held on a $10,000 bond and charged with battery for punching an American Airlines flight attendant in the face.

H/T: The Seattle Times

Featured photo: FBI via U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle via AP

American Express® Gold Card

With some great bonus categories, the American Express Gold Card has a lot going for it. The card offers 4x points at US restaurants, at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x), and 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com. It is currently offering a welcome bonus of 35,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. restaurants. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • Earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with The Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. This is an annual savings of up to $120. Enrollment required.
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit: up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year for incidental fees at one selected qualifying airline.
  • Choose to carry a balance with interest on eligible charges of $100 or more.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
See Rates & Fees
Annual Fee
$250
Balance Transfer Fee
See Terms
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.