Passenger tries to rob cabin, strangles and kicks flight attendant on JetBlue flight

BOSTON – A man attempted to rob the cockpit of a JetBlue flight Wednesday night and then proceeded to kick and drown members of the flight crew, according to an FBI affidavit.

With just over an hour remaining on the flight from Boston to San Juan, Puerto Rico, the man tried to make a phone call and “got angry at the failure of the call,” a flight attendant told the FBI. Thirty minutes later, he allegedly ran into the booth, yelling in Spanish and Arabic to be shot.

A flight attendant was able to “corner” the man back to the passenger seating area until a pilot decided to open the cockpit door.

In the incident, first reported by The Daily Beast, the rebellious passenger He grabbed the flight attendant by the neck and tie with one hand, and placed his other hand in the overhead compartment in an attempt to pry before kicking the flight attendant in the chest, according to the affidavit.

While allegedly attacking the crew, he again yelled at the pilot to shoot him.

“As he yelled, he was still holding the JetBlue flight attendant by the tie,” the affidavit read. “This caused the tie to tighten and ultimately prevented the JetBlue flight attendant from breathing.”

Eventually six or seven crew members were able to control the man using flexible handcuffs. However, the man broke his first pair of flex cuffs and the crew had to use four seat belt extenders, a new pair of flex cuffs, and a uniform tie to secure him to a seat.

The plane landed safely in San Juan, where the man was detained. He now faces serious charges for interfering with the flight crew.

This year alone, more than 4,300 unruly passenger incidents Has been reported to the Federal Aviation Administration.

JetBlue did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

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