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Judge orders unruly passenger to write letter of apology

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man who caused a Hawaiian Airlines flight to reverse course over the North Pacific under F-15 fighter escort had charges against him dropped in federal court Tuesday. Joseph Hedlund Johnson of Salem, Oregon will instead have to apologize in writing and perform community service for his actions on an aborted flight from Portland to Honolulu January 8.

Johnson was responsible for two fighter jets accompanying the Hawaiian Air flight back to Portland after he refused to give up his carry-on bag and filled out a comment card referring to plane crashes, Gilligan's Island and sharks.

Johnson will instead perform 50 hours of community service, abstain from drug or alcohol use and write a letter of apology to Hawaiian Air and his fellow passengers aboard flight 39.

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