American Passenger Arrested for Biting Flight Attendant on Tokyo to Seattle Flight

Japanese media reported that a 55-year-old American citizen was arrested after he bit an mid-flight attendant, an airline spokesperson said.

American Passenger Arrested for Biting Flight Attendant on Tokyo to Seattle Flight

In a shocking incident reported by Japanese media, a 55-year-old American citizen was arrested for biting a flight attendant during a flight from Tokyo to Seattle. This unusual and concerning event occurred on an All Nippon Airways (ANA) flight, as confirmed by the airline's spokesperson.

The incident took place aboard Flight ANA 118, which departed Tokyo Haneda Airport at 9:24 p.m. local time on Tuesday. The flight, tracked by FlightAware, was initially set to complete a 10-hour journey to Seattle. However, due to the onboard disturbance caused by the heavily intoxicated passenger, the flight was forced to return to Tokyo three hours into the journey.

According to the report by Asahi Shimbun, the suspect, a 55-year-old American, was arrested on assault charges upon the flight's return to Haneda Airport. This information was based on unnamed police sources, and NBC News has not independently verified the suspect's identity or the specific charges.

The female flight attendant who was bitten sustained minor injuries and received immediate attention. ANA has expressed regret over the incident and has reassured the safety and wellbeing of all passengers and crew as a top priority.

This incident is not an isolated case. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has reported similar instances in the past. In July 2022, an American Airlines flight from Dallas to Charlotte, N.C., witnessed a woman hitting, biting, and spitting at flight crews. In the same month, a Delta Air Lines flight from Las Vegas to Atlanta faced a situation where a woman attempted to hug and kiss another passenger and subsequently bit them several times.

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