Kapolei man charged for alleged assault, interference with Delta aircraft crew; may receive $350,000 fine

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — A federal grand jury in Seattle charged a passenger for allegedly being violent and disruptive while on a Delta Airlines flight from Honolulu to Seattle, according to the U.S. Department of Justice Attorney’s Office.

According to officials, 21-year-old Ryan Cajimat of Kapolei was charged with two federal crimes: interference with flight crew members, which is punishable with a $250,000 fine and up to 20 years in prison, and assault within a special aircraft jurisdiction of the U.S., which is punishable with a $100,000 fine and up to one year in prison.

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On Dec. 24, 2020, two hours before landing, Cajimat allegedly tried to open the cockpit door. Flight attendants attempted to restrain him; during the struggle, he apparently punched a flight attendant in the face twice. For the rest of the flight, Cajimat was restrained and removed from the plane after arriving in Seattle.

Cajimat was issued a $52,500 fine by the Federal Aviation Administration, and he was banned from further travel with Delta Airlines. His arraignment has been scheduled for Nov. 18.

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