A flight attendant resorted to breaking a wine bottle over an unruly passenger's head in a bid to stop him causing chaos.
Joseph Daniel Hudek IV, 23, from Florida, and the son of a Delta employee, was arrested on Thursday night after running riot on a Delta flight from Seattle to Beijing and forcing the plane to return to Seattle.
A statement written by an FBI special agent said Hudek was sitting in the first class section when, about an hour into the flight, he went to the toilet. When he emerged, he lunged for the exit door and tried to open it. Two flight attendants tried to stop him, and they also called for help from fellow passengers.
Hudek punched one flight attendant in the face and hit one passenger in the head with a red dessert wine bottle.
During the struggle, one flight attendant grabbed a wine bottle and hit Hudek over the head with it.
One passenger then managed to get him in a head-lock, but he broke out of it before several passengers then held him long enough to get zip-tie restraints on him.
According to the NH Register, one flight attendant said: "Hudek did not seem impacted by the breaking of a full litre red wine bottle over his head, and instead shouted, 'Do you know who I am?' or something to that extent."
Hudek appeared in court this week, charged with interfering with a flight crew, which carries a possible sentence of up to 20 years in jail and a £200,000 fine, reports complex.com,