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Man arrested for assaulting Delta flight attendant is identified

A Delta Airlines flight bound for Beijing had to return to Sea-Tac Airport Thursday night after an in-flight disturbance with an unruly passenger in first class. (Photo: KOMO News)

SEA-TAC AIRPORT, Wash. - A man who was arrested for assaulting a flight attendant on a Sea-Tac-to-Beijing flight is expected to appear in court Friday.

He was identified Friday as Joseph Daniel Hudek IV, 23, a resident of Tampa, Florida.

He will likely appear before Chief Magistrate Judge James P. Donohue in U.S. District Court in Seattle at 2 p.m.

The Delta Airlines flight bound for Beijing had to return to Sea-Tac Airport on Thursday night after an in-flight disturbance with the unruly passenger in first class.

According to Sea-Tac Airport spokesperson Perry Cooper, it happened on board Delta flight 129. He said the man assaulted a flight attendant about 45 minutes into the flight. Multiple passengers then helped restrain the man until the plane landed safely back in Seattle.

In a statement Delta said, "The passenger was restrained on board and was removed from the flight by law enforcement without further incident."

Two people, including the flight attendant were injured and taken to the hospital. No word yet on their conditions of the extent of their injuries.

The suspect was also injured but refused treatment and was taken into custody by Port of Seattle Police.

Delta said the FBI is now investigating. They said the incident does not appear to be a national security threat.

The FBI said the 23-year-old man is due to appear in federal court on Friday.

All passengers on the flight deboarded the plane and were kept behind security in the terminal.

According to the flight tracking website FlightAware, Delta flight 129 was scheduled to leave again for Beijing around 12:09 a.m. Friday.


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