Passenger who bit flight attendant said he 'blacked out'

Passenger who bit flight attendant said he 'blacked out'

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A passenger aboard a Hawaiian Airlines flight has been charged after allegedly biting a flight attendant.

Togio Aumeaualogo, 35, was on Hawaiian flight 466 Tuesday morning from Pago Pago, American Samoa to Honolulu.

Witnesses say he was belligerent, threatened the flight crew and then bit one of the flight attendants. Court documents filed Wednesday said the suspect "went into rages" on the flight and "required the use of restraining ties."

The documents also say that passengers had to help flight crew restrain the man, who continued to fight throughout the flight.

Several flight attendants also said the man appeared to be drunk.

Aumeaualogo later told officers that he had two beers before boarding the flight, and drank several small bottles of alcohol during the flight.

He told officers that he might have "blacked out" at one point because he couldn't remember much of the incident. "He stated that he remembers talking story with the flight crew and the next thing he knew they 'ambushed' him and so he fought back," a law enforcement official said in court documents.

Aumeaualogo also told that he's a "bad drunk."

This wasn't his first flight. He told authorities he flies between American Samoa and Honolulu at least once a year.

FBI agents and state deputy sheriffs arrested the American Samoa resident at the Honolulu International Airport. If convicted of interfering with a flight crew, which is a federal offense, he could face 20 years in prison.

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