A New York-bound Hawaiian Airlines flight was forced to return to Honolulu on Tuesday night after a drunken passenger threatened to kill his girlfriend, her children, passengers and crewmembers, the FBI said.
Flight HA 50 was nearly halfway to the John F. Kennedy International Airport when pilots turned around because of the man, who appeared to be drunk.
An FBI affidavit says James August slapped a female flight attendant's shoulder with the back of his hand, threatened to slice his girlfriend's throat and called her children "piggies."
The court document says the captain decided to turn the plane around.
Hawaiian Airlines says Tuesday's flight took off from Honolulu International Airport at about 4:30 p.m. and then returned at about 9:30 p.m. It took off again around 1 a.m. Wednesday.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Brady told the Associated Press a judge agreed to release August to a Honolulu halfway house with certain conditions, including not contacting the girlfriend or her children.