Unruly Hawaiian Airlines Passenger Ordered to Pay $98,000 Restitution to Airline

By Paul Riegler on 31 August 2017
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A federal judge in Honolulu ordered a New Jersey man to pay Hawaiian Airlines almost $98,000 as restitution for costs the airline incurred following his disruptive behavior on a flight from Honolulu to New York City in February.

James August pled guilty in February to interfering with a flight crew although he said he did not recall what he allegedly did.

“I don’t remember much, your honor,” August told the judge after being asked what had happened.

The damages will compensate the airline for the costs associated with returning the flight to Honolulu and rebooking the other passengers.

Prosecutors said that the 16-year-old daughter of August’s girlfriend told the crew that he had made life-threatening statements.

After August slapped one flight attendant, the pilot turned the aircraft, an Airbus A330, around.

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