A New Jersey man accused of punching andÂ shattering a window on a JetBlue airplane as it departed Orlando, Florida lastÂ month was arraigned on federal charges Tuesday.
Robert Ramirez of Hackensack, New Jersey wasÂ on board a flight departing from Orlando International Airport on Nov. 2. whenÂ he punched out the plane’s window after learning he could not sit next to hisÂ mother, authorities say.
The incident happened shortly after pullingÂ away from the gate.
According to a criminal complaint obtained byÂ the Orlando Sentinel, Ramirez was upset that he could not sit next to hisÂ mother.
The flight was delayed for roughly one hourÂ while a crew replaced the window.
A federal grand jury in Orlando indictedÂ Ramirez last week on a charge of destruction of an aircraft.
It’s not the first time a man has managed toÂ punch out a the window of an airplane.
In 2005, Ryan Marchione of Venice, Fla., wasÂ arrested at Tampa International AirportÂ for destruction of an airplane during a flight fromÂ Las Vegas, Nevada.
The punch ‘basically exposed theÂ exterior ofÂ the aircraft,’ Assistant U.S. Attorney Ernest Peluso saidÂ during a ThursdayÂ detention hearing.
‘Marchione woke abruptly from his sleep andÂ turned to the passenger seated in 7B … raised a clenched fist to his shoulderÂ as if he was going to strike the passenger in 7B, then suddenly turned andÂ struck the exterior window,’ According toÂ that criminal com[plaint.
‘Perhaps it was some sort of a psychoticÂ episode as a result of drug abuse,’ his attorney said.
Source: The Daily Mail