TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Man pleads guilty to disrupting Atlanta to Pittsburgh flight

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

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 bbowling@tribweb.com

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Alvarez homer triggers winning outburst for Pirates
  2. Apple Hill Playhouse takes on an updated ‘Snow White’
  3. PennDOT team decides what spells trouble on vehicle license plates
  4. Pirates get journeyman Ishikawa off waivers; outfielder Marte injured
  5. Clairton summer workshop helps students improve writing skills
  6. Man charged with passing counterfeit bills at Rivers Casino
  7. McCutchen, Pirates hitters increasingly in crosshairs
  8. Gameday: Pirates vs. Padres, July 6, 2015
  9. Woman shot at Kennywood Park in ‘freak accident’
  10. Film shares tale of Pittsburgh man who turned disability into career
  11. Bookings for August Wilson Center climb, but permanent board yet to be set