Officials say there is no information suggesting there was a national security threat after a passenger assaulted a flight attendant on a Seattle-to-Beijing flight.
A 23-year-old Florida man was pulled off a Delta flight to Beijing, which had to return to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Thursday evening, after the passenger assaulted a flight attendant, authorities said.
The Port of Seattle, citing the FBI, said no information suggests there was a national security threat.
Delta Flight 129 had been in the air for about 45 minutes when the passenger assaulted the flight attendant in the first-class cabin, Port of Seattle spokesman Perry Cooper said. Others restrained the passenger until the flight arrived back at Sea-Tac shortly after 7 p.m.
The flight attendant and another passenger were taken to a hospital with injuries that weren’t life threatening, Cooper said.
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FBI spokesperson Ayn Dietrich-Williams said in a statement that the passenger was a 23-year-old Florida man. He is expected to be charged Friday and appear in federal court at 2 p.m., she said.
The FBI, Port of Seattle Police Department and U.S. Customs and Border Protection responded to the incident, she added.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle identified the man as Joseph Daniel Hudek IV, of Tampa. It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer.
The flight again left Sea-Tac for Beijing just after midnight on its scheduled 11 1/2-hour flight, according to FlightAware.com.