Man Pleads Guilty to Fighting on Plane Headed for Pittsburgh International

A Georgia man attempted to make his way to the front of an AirTran plane after hearing it was bound for Pittsburgh.

A Georgia man kicked and attempted to bite flight crew members on a plane bound for Pittsburgh International Airport, according to a U.S. District Attorney's Office spokeswoman.

Marc Anthony Malone, 34, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of interfering with a flight crew before United States District Senior Judge Gustave Diamond in Pittsburgh, according to a statement from Margaret Philbin, spokeswoman for United States Attorney David Hickton.

Malone began acting erratically 30 minutes into the Oct. 10, 2012 AirTran flight from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. 

At one point during the flight, the man asked a flight crew member," Where are we?" Upon hearing that the plane was headed for Pittsburgh, he said, "I need to get off now." 

Malone attempted to make his way to the front of the plane, and refused commands to remain seated. He shouted expletives, and was restrained in a seat after attempting to bite and kick flight crew members.

A sentencing is scheduled for May 8. The law provides for a maximum of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both, depending on the severity of the incident and criminal history of the defendant. 


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