A New Jersey man accused of punching and  shattering a window on a JetBlue airplane as it departed Orlando, Florida last  month was arraigned on federal charges Tuesday.

Robert Ramirez of Hackensack, New Jersey was  on board a flight departing from Orlando International Airport on Nov. 2. when  he punched out the plane’s window after learning he could not sit next to his  mother, authorities say.

The incident happened shortly after pulling  away from the gate.

According to a criminal complaint obtained by  the Orlando Sentinel, Ramirez was upset that he could not sit next to his  mother.

Members of the flight crew told Mr Ramirez to  sit and soon after, Ramirez broke the window, causing  it to detach from the  aircraft.

The flight was delayed for roughly one hour  while a crew replaced the window.

A federal grand jury in Orlando indicted  Ramirez last week on a charge of destruction of an aircraft.

It’s not the first time a man has managed to  punch out a the window of an airplane.

In 2005, Ryan Marchione of Venice, Fla., was  arrested at Tampa International Airport  for destruction of an airplane during a flight from  Las Vegas, Nevada.

The punch ‘basically exposed the  exterior of  the aircraft,’ Assistant U.S. Attorney Ernest Peluso said  during a Thursday  detention hearing.

‘Marchione woke abruptly from his sleep and  turned to the passenger seated in 7B … raised a clenched fist to his shoulder  as if he was going to strike the passenger in 7B, then suddenly turned and  struck the exterior window,’ According to  that criminal com[plaint.

‘Perhaps it was some sort of a psychotic  episode as a result of drug abuse,’ his attorney said.

Source: The Daily Mail


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