A Texas man is accused of "kicking" a female passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight this week and then interfering with the flight attendants when the woman changed her seat and redirected the flight, The Dallas Morning News
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Justin Riley Brafford, 29, of Denton, faces a crime count of interference in a flight crew and an improper attack charge, the newspaper reported. He first appeared in court in New Mexico on Wednesday and remains in federal custody.
Following a lawsuit, Bradford boarded a flight from Los Angeles to Dallas on Tuesday and sat in a middle position. The woman at the aisle claimed that Brafford put his arm on her leg as the plane prepared for takeoff, the Morning News reported.
The woman leaned away from him and later told an FBI agent that Brafford was "playing football." with her. She asked a companion if she could move to another location, the newspaper said.
However, Brafford confronted the woman in her new seat, and when the flight attendant spoke to him, he responded with obscenities and started screaming, according to the lawsuit
The flight attendant reported the pilot who had diverted the flight to Albuquerque , the Morning News reported. In an interview with authorities, Brafford said that he and the woman had watched videos on their computer and that he thought she was flirting with him, according to the complaint.
"The safety and comfort of every aircraft on board every aircraft is our biggest concern," Southwest Airlines said in a statement.
Brafford faces up to 20 years in federal jail and a $ 250,000 fine for flight crew involvement, the Morning News reports. The charge of personal injury includes a sentence of up to one year in prison and a fine of $ 1