Illinois man pleads not guilty after disruptive behavior on plane

Posted: Tuesday, January 23, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Illinois man pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge of interfering with a flight crew on a flight from Chicago to Hong Kong Jan. 8.

Steven Scott Tabloff, 44, of Buffalo Grove, Ill., became agitated on the United Airlines flight soon after takeoff. FBI agents said he screamed obscenities and spat on passengers, ripped a telephone from the hands of a flight attendant and refused to follow instructions from the flight crew.

No injuries were reported. Tabloff had to be restrained and the flight was diverted to Anchorage.

Tabloff was being held at the Cook Inlet Pretrial Facility until his arraignment Monday, when he was allowed to return home in the custody of a family member.

No trial date has been set.

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