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Man handcuffed after allegedly disrupting L.A.-bound flight

Authorities are determining whether to file charges against a man who allegedly became loud and disruptive Friday on a flight from Charlotte, N.C. to L.A.

The 29-year-old man, whose name has not been released, may have been under the influence of alcohol. He  was complaining loudly, demanding food and alcohol and alarming passengers and flight attendants on US Airways flight 705, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

The flight crew refused to serve the man, and at one point he got out of his seat. On orders from the captain, they used plastic flex cuffs to restrain him for the remainder of the flight, Eimiller said.

Federal agents interviewed the man shortly before 9 p.m., when the flight arrived safely at Los Angeles International Airport.

Interfering with a flight crew is a federal offense, and authorities have not ruled out issuing a fine or filing charges against the man.



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