1 April 2016
WATCH: Man wanting to do yoga creates ruckus on United Airlines flight, arrested ..
This Japan-bound airplane returned to Hawaii because of a violent passenger who wanted to do yoga instead of sit in his seat.
The pilot of the March 26 United Airlines flight from Honolulu International Airport to Narita International Airport turned the plane around after hearing that Hyongtae Pae was yelling at crew members and shoving his wife, the FBI said in a criminal complaint.
Pae told the FBI he didn’t want to sit in his seat during the meal service, so he went to the back of the plane to do yoga and meditate. He became angry when his wife and flight attendants told him to return to his seat. Flight aborted over yoga
“Pae pushed his wife because she was trying to make him stop,” the complaint said. “He felt that she was siding with the flight crew.” A suspected hijacker who forced an EgyptAir passenger plane to divert to Cyprus has been remanded in custody for 8 days.
He tried to head-butt and bite Marines who were passengers on the flight and tried to force him back to his seat, Assistant US Attorney Darren Ching said at Pae’s detention hearing on Thursday.
According to the complaint, he threatened to kill passengers and was yelling that there is no god. Pae went into a rage because he felt the flight crew was ordering him around, Ching said.
Ching said Pae shouldn’t be released because he’s a danger to his wife, himself and others. Pae urinated on himself and was on suicide watch at the Honolulu Federal Detention Center.
US Magistrate Judge Kevin Chang ordered that Pae be released on $25,000 bond, but with certain conditions including not leaving the island of Oahu and undergoing a mental health evaluation.
Since the arrest, Pae’s wife has been staying at the Waikiki Gateway Hotel, defence attorney Jin Tae “JT” Kim told the judge, who asked whether Pae had financial resources to continue staying there after his release. Kim said he’s working with the consulate to transfer more money to Pae’s wife and find alternate, temporary housing.
Chang denied Kim’s request to allow Pae to return home to Korea, because that would involve getting on a plane again.
Outside of court, Kim said his client is a 72-year-old retired farmer who travelled from South Korea to celebrate his 40th wedding anniversary with a Hawaii vacation. It was the couple’s first trip to Hawaii.
Pae told the FBI he hadn’t been able to sleep in 11 days.
Malay Mail Online
HONOLULU, April 1 — An airliner flying from Hawaii to Japan was forced to turn back and land in Honolulu after a passenger insisted on doing yoga in the galley in defiance of the crew, an FBI spokesman said yesterday.
Hyongtae Pae, 72, was charged in federal court on Monday with interfering with the crew of an aircraft in connection with the disturbance last Saturday aboard United Airlines flight 903 bound for Tokyo’s Narita airport.
Pae reportedly ignored crew instructions and, during meal service, headed to the galley in the back of the plane to “meditate and do yoga,” according to an affidavit filed in federal court.
When his wife, who was travelling with him, tried to persuade him to sit down, Pae reportedly grew agitated, pushing her and yelling.
Several US Marines who were on the plane helped the crew escort Pae to his seat, said Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent Tom Simon, a spokesman for the agency’s Honolulu office.