Airline passenger arrested for allegedly causing disturbance

Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man was arrested after causing a disturbance aboard an airplane and threatening fellow passengers, federal authorities said Monday.

Motohiro Suzuki, 53, was being held at the Cook Inlet Pretrial Facility in Anchorage awaiting a hearing before a magistrate. He was arrested Friday after an American Airlines flight from Dallas to Narita, Japan was diverted to Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage.

Suzuki became disruptive on the flight, said FBI special agent Phillip B.J. Reid. He said Suzuki was using profanity, had stated he wanted one of the passengers ''dead,'' and was taking combative stances by using martial arts type gestures.

When a flight attendant approached, Suzuki hit her on her backside and touched her face, Reid said.

Suzuki was arrested at the airport by FBI agents.

In January, a United Airlines flight headed to Hong Kong was diverted to Anchorage so that a disruptive passenger could be removed under similar circumstances.

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