Attacker on Boston-LA flight landed back in Boston in handcuffs

The American Airlines CEO has said an assault on a flight attendant on a flight from Boston to LA was “one of the worst” in the airline’s history. Kenneth E. Allen, an 80-year-old Boston…

Attacker on Boston-LA flight landed back in Boston in handcuffs

The American Airlines CEO has said an assault on a flight attendant on a flight from Boston to LA was “one of the worst” in the airline’s history.

Kenneth E. Allen, an 80-year-old Boston retiree, has been charged with assault and battery on a flight attendant after an on-board scuffle with a steward, leading to an approximately hour-long delay on the cross-country flight. The man allegedly lashed out at the female flight attendant because of a new global cabin crew rule requiring them to tap and hold a button to check the noisemakers. The flight attendant eventually restrained Allen with zip ties to keep him in his seat during the flight.

After the flight landed in LAX on Sunday, detectives were waiting on the tarmac to meet the plane. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has charged Allen with one count of assault and battery on a flight attendant and one count of making criminal threats. Prosecutors said in a statement that, “Whether he was mentally stable or not, or whether it was a prank, he knew exactly what he was doing. This incident was one of the worst that we have seen in the airline industry and in our company.”

Allen made an initial court appearance in Los Angeles Wednesday and is being held on $75,000 bail. An arraignment date has not yet been set. The Transportation Security Administration has determined that an improvised explosive device was not found on the plane.

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