FBI officials say a Maui man was charged Tuesday in U.S. District Court after he was accused of interfering with a flight crew on a British Airways flight from London to Los Angeles.
FBI agents responded on Monday to LAX after witnesses say Kevin Lee Mosesle, 20, of Kihei threatened flight attendants and passengers.
The complaint charges Mosele with one count of interference with a flight crew. It carries a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.
According to the affidavit, Mosele was disruptive and abusive to passengers and members of the flight crew, and he had to be physically restrained during the flight.
The complaint alleges that Mosele made a variety of threats while restrained and that his actions required the captain of the aircraft to personally respond to assess Mosele's actions throughout the flight.
Click here to read the full affidavit.(Warning: The affidavit contains strong language.)
A male flight attendant on Flight #283 said that he noticed Mosele's eyes were bloodshot and he "seemed to be intoxicated," according to court documents.
Mosele was later handcuffed and watched over by the crew.
Court documents revealed the testimony of another male flight attendant. He said that after Mosele was handcuffed, the Kihei man spit on his faxce and said, "You better let me out or I am going to kill you and open the aircraft door."
The affidavit said that Mosele yelled, "I will find you on Facebook and kill you."
Mosele made his first appearance in federal court Tuesday afternoon. Mosele was freed on a $10,000 bond, and he was ordered to appear for an arraignment on Aug. 4.
The investigation was conducted by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force in Los Angeles, which responds to alleged crimes aboard aircraft that either depart or land in the United States.
Joint Terrorism Task Force members with the United States Customs and Border Protection and the Los Angeles Airport Police Department provided considerable assistance during the arrest, Customs procedures and investigation of Mosele.
This case will be prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California.