Passenger accused of smoking, brawling during flight

Kwon Woo Sung

HAGATNA, Guam — A man accused of fighting with a flight attendant on a flight to Guam will remain in custody, at least until his next court hearing in early May, according to federal court documents.

Kwon Woo Sung of South Korea was in the District Court of Guam for a hearing Tuesday morning, where Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan Jr. Denied a motion for his release.

Sung was aboard Korean Airlines Flight 2115, which was en route to Guam from Seoul on April 17.

He allegedly drank five beers during the flight, at which point the flight crew decided to stop serving him alcohol, according to court documents.

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With about an hour left in the flight, the flight crew reported a cigarette smoke smell coming from the airplane’s restroom, and Sung reportedly admitted to smoking and told the flight attendant he would pay a fine. He also tried to order two more beers, according to court documents.

He reportedly became angry after the flight attendant refused to give him more beer, and started yelling at the flight attendant, court documents state.

The flight attendant sought assistance from her supervisor, who explained to Sung that he couldn’t be served more beers and that his behavior “was creating an issue,” documents state.

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Sung reportedly threatened the supervising flight attendant, lunged at him, tried to punch him, then grabbed him and began dragging him through the aisle, documents state.

As the two struggled, the supervising flight attendant asked surrounding passengers for help, and Sung reportedly continued to fight with the attendant and four to five other passengers before being subdued, documents state.

They tied his hands and feet and held him down for the remainder of the flight.

Sung was charged with “interference with flight attendants,” which carries a 20-year prison sentence, fines, or both.

Sung was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. His next court hearing is scheduled for May 5, during which the court will consider whether there is probable cause to move forward to trial.

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