According to federal officials, a man from Massachusetts has been charged after attempting to open a plane’s emergency exit door during the flight.
Francisco Severo Torres, who is 33 years old, was arrested for this incident, which occurred on a United Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Boston on Sunday.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts also stated that Torres attempted to stab a flight attendant in the neck.
According to WFXT, a flight crew was alerted to an alarm in the cockpit that indicated the disarming of a side door on the aircraft before landing.
A flight attendant noticed Francisco Severo Torres by the door and suspected him of tampering with it.
When the crew confronted him, Torres inquired if there were any cameras. The crew immediately informed the captain, fearing that Torres posed a danger and required the plane to land.
Shortly after the threat was reported, Torres got out of his seat and moved towards the side door. As two flight attendants stood in the aisle by the door, Torres reportedly attempted to stab one of them with a broken metal spoon, striking her neck multiple times. Passengers and flight crew members tackled Torres and restrained him until the plane landed in Boston, where he was arrested.
According to the United States Attorney’s office, passengers reported that Torres had inquired about the door handle location on the safety card during the flight attendants’ safety briefing and was seen pacing in the galley before attacking the flight attendant.
Torres is charged with interference and attempted interference with flight crew members and attendants using a dangerous weapon.
The United States Attorney’s office stated that if found guilty, Torres may be sentenced to life imprisonment, up to five years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.