FBI arrests 65-year-old man for assaulting Delta flight attendant

FBI agent Tom Simon
FBI agent Tom Simon

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrested a 65-year-old man at the Honolulu International Airport on Monday for assaulting a Delta Airlines flight attendant.

According to officials, Sohei Yamanouchi was aboard the Honolulu-bound flight out of Tokyo.

According to the criminal complaint, Yamanouchi hit the flight attendant twice, once with an open hand and once with a closed fist.

The flight attendant was not seriously injured.

"Travelers to Hawaii need to understand that a flight attendant's primary job is ensure the safety of the passengers," FBI agent Tom Simon said. " They are not your servants, and they are certainly not your punching bags."

The Japanese native made his initial appearance in Honolulu U.S. District Court Monday afternoon.

He was charged with assault aboard an aircraft, a maximum penalty of up to six months in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Yamanouchi must give up his passport and is not allowed to leave Oahu.

He was released on bond so he can attend his son's wedding on Tuesday.

A hearing is set for Jan. 20 at 10 a.m.

"Flying can be a stressful experience for many people, but there is absolutely no excuse for assaulting flight crew members, as alleged in this complaint," Simon said.

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