L.A. man pleads guilty to interference with flight attendant

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A Los Angeles man pleaded guilty this week to interfering with a Delta Airlines flight attendant’s duties during a flight from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles in December 2020, authorities said.

Ariel James Pennington, 35, was detained on the aircraft after threatening a flight attendant and physically assaulting a federal air marshal, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.

The flight had to be diverted to Oklahoma City, where Pennington was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

He was indicted on two counts of assaulting a flight attendant and a federal air marshal in January of last year. As part of a plea agreement, the second count was dropped.

Pennington faces up to 20 years in prison and a maximum of $250,000 fine. A sentencing date will be set in approximately 90 days.

The Federal Aviation Administration reported a…

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