Unruly passenger on Hawaiian Airlines flight appears in federal court

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The man facing federal charges after a Hawaiian Airlines flight was forced to turn around Wednesday night made his first federal court appearance Thursday afternoon.

Flight 459 bound for Korea returned to Honolulu around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Court documents show “Kyoun Kim” did not have the proper credentials to be in the country so he had to return to Korea.

According to the documents a duty-free worker delivered a bottle of whiskey to Kim on the plane.

The documents go on to show that Kim drank the whole bottle and then started to bother a child sitting next to him.

A flight attendant tried to intervene, and Kim began yelling.

Kim was eventually handcuffed, and the flight returned to Honolulu where he was taken in to custody for interfering with a flight crew.

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