An Irvine man was charged with assault after allegedly becoming enraged when a flight attendant asked him for his boarding pass. Brian Hsu pleaded not guilty in Orange County Superior Court on Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times.
A man who allegedly assaulted a flight attendant aboard an American Airlines flight was arrested by the FBI, according to multiple media reports. Brian Hsu of Irvine is charged with assaulting Flight Attendant 1A without provocation on Wednesday night after he got into a verbal argument with her and other members of staff.
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(CBSLA) – LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Last week, a 20-year-old Irvine man was accused with assaulting a flight attendant on an American Airlines aircraft from New York to Orange County, prompting the plane to be diverted to Denver.
On AA Flight 976 from JFK to John Wayne Airport, a passenger is accused of assaulting a female flight attendant. (Image courtesy of Mackenzie Rose)
Brian Hsu has been charged with interfering with a flight crew and assault under the special aviation jurisdiction of the US Attorney’s Office, according to the US Attorney’s Office.
U.S. District Judge Autumn Spaeth set Hsu’s bail at $10,000 after a short court hearing in Santa Ana on Monday afternoon. He was supposed to publish it and then be freed.
Spaeth also limited his travel to Rhode Island, Southern California, and Denver for unexplained medical reasons. Hsu will require permission to go overseas, but according to Hsu’s public defender, Andrea Jacobs, he plans to return to school in New York in the spring.
The incident happened on American Airlines Flight 976 from John F. Kennedy Airport to John Wayne Airport on the evening of Oct. 27, forcing the flight to be diverted to Denver International Airport.
Hsu was coming home after having brain surgery when the alleged assault happened, according to an FBI affidavit in the case.
Julia Yu, the defendant’s mother, was with him on the aircraft at the time and is a witness in the case. She remained silent throughout the hearing on Monday.
The FBI said in an affidavit that four witnesses informed the FBI that the flight attendant instructed Hsu to keep away from the plane’s restroom, causing him to punch her in the face “with sufficient power to cause her to strike the lavatory door.”
According to the document, another witness said that the defendant hit her in a manner that was “practiced or taught.” “I have a shattered nose,” the sufferer said after the hit, according to another witness.
The flight attendant told an investigator she was at the “mid-galley part of the aircraft when she felt something smack her in the head,” according to the affidavit. The investigator said in the record that as she turned to check what had hit her, she spotted the defendant and asked him if he was OK.
According to the victim, Hsu did not apologize and said he needed to use the restroom. According to the affidavit, she informed Hsu that it was occupied and that he needed to return to his seat since the “fasten seatbelt” indicator was on.
The woman told the FBI that Hsu made a gesture to stretch again, but instead smashed his elbow on her skull. As a result, she adopted a “protective stance” with her arms outstretched in front of her and her hands up.
The woman told the investigator that Hsu first backed off, but then “charged at her, swinging his arms.” When another flight attendant arrived to intercede, Hsu backed off, but when he assaulted her again, he “hit her in the face with the clinched fist of his right hand,” according to the affidavit.
According to the FBI, the woman was “stunned and went into the first-class cabin where she linked up with the lead flight attendant and reported the attack.”
Two guys on the airplane were summoned to assist with the restraint of Hsu.
An FBI investigator noted in the paper that another flight attendant urged Hsu to go sit down, which he did eventually. According to the affidavit, Hsu was then tied using duct tape and “plastic bindings.”
The FBI said that “several witnesses noted on Hsu’s strange conduct before and after the event.”
After then, the jet touched down at Denver International Airport just after 6:30 p.m. Mountain time on Wednesday. According to the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, the flight attendant was treated for fractured bones in her face at a Denver hospital.
According to CBS News, American Airlines believes the incident was not caused by a mask.
“I understand he hit her twice,” a passenger on the airplane, Mackenzie Rose, told CBSLA last week. “After that, I saw her go back down the aisle.” Her mask was splashed with blood on the exterior.”
“Acts of aggression against our team members are not accepted by American Airlines,” the airline said in a statement at the time.
Hsu would no longer be allowed to travel on AA, according to the airline.
On Nov. 15, Hsu is scheduled to appear in federal court in Denver.
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