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Man pleads guilty to disrupting Atlanta to Pittsburgh flight

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Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, 12:02 p.m.

A Georgia man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to fighting with flight attendants and passengers during an Atlanta-Pittsburgh AirTran flight on Oct. 10.

Marc Anthony Malone, 34, of Hogansville, Ga., admitted to wandering around the plane's cabin, opening bins and talking to himself until he asked a flight attendant where he was.

When the attendant told him he was on a plane headed for Pittsburgh, Malone said, “I need to get off now” and started trying to reach the cockpit, according to an affidavit by FBI Special Agent Anthony Rodriguez.

After the crew headed off his repeated attempts to reach the front of the plane, Malone screamed profanities and knocked one male flight attendant down, the affidavit says.

Two flight attendants and five passengers wrestled Malone to the floor, and an eighth person put his hands and feet in flexible handcuffs, the affidavit says. Malone kept threatening the crew until his removal in Pittsburgh.

U.S. District Judge Gustave Diamond scheduled Malone's sentencing for May 8 and allowed him to remain free on a $10,000 bond.

Malone and his lawyer, Assistant Federal Public Defender Jay Finkelstein, declined comment.

Brian Bowling is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-325-4301or

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