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FBI: Man Goes Berserk on Flight to LAX, Facing Charges

Kevin Lee Mosele reportedly was disruptive and abusive to passengers and members of the flight crew, and had to be physically restrained during the flight.

The captain of a flight from London to LAX had to personally respond to a disruptive passenger, FBI agents allege. Patch file photo.
The captain of a flight from London to LAX had to personally respond to a disruptive passenger, FBI agents allege. Patch file photo.

Originally posted at 6:10 p.m. July 16, 2014. Edited to fix typo.

A young man who allegedly threatened flight attendants and passengers on a British Airways flight from London to Los Angeles faces arraignment next month, federal officials said today.

Kevin Lee Mosele, 20, of Kihei, Hawaii, was arrested by FBI agents who responded Monday after the plane landed at Los Angeles International Airport, according to FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.

Mosele was charged Tuesday in Los Angeles with one count of interference with a flight crew, a crime that carries a possible maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.

According to an affidavit in support of the criminal complaint, Mosele was disruptive and abusive to passengers and members of the flight crew, and had to be physically restrained during the flight.

The complaint alleges that Mosele made a variety of threats while restrained and that his actions required the plane's captain to personally respond to assess Mosele's actions throughout the flight.

Mosele was released on a $10,000 bond, and ordered to return to court Aug. 4 for arraignment, Eimiller said.

--City News Service


Brilliant Comrade July 17, 2014 at 09:37 AM
It's spelled, "berserk . . ." In Pyongyang we spell it berzerk, like our Dear Leader.
Glenn E Grab July 17, 2014 at 02:04 PM
was he drunk?
John Humphrey July 20, 2014 at 12:40 AM
Too bad the criminal justice system does not take this kind of stuff more seriously. If they did there would probably be fewer instances of "flight rage." Start sending these people to jail for some serious time and the message will get out that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated.
Teresa DeCrescenzo July 20, 2014 at 07:04 PM
As unpleasant as I'm sure it was, how seiously ought we to take acting out like that on a plane, given the serious problems we face as a society? Twenty years for possibly being mentally ill or drunk? Tratment or rehab and ban him from flying for five years. That will teach him a lesson and avoid a couple of million dollars in the cost of housing him in a prison.

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