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Man charged in fight on JetBlue flight

Posted September 9, 2008

— A man faces charges in connection with a fight with his brother on a JetBlue flight diverted to Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Andrew Mark Thompson was charged in connection with the Saturday incident on the flight from Boston to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Flight 455, which had left Boston over two hours late, landed at RDU at 5:40 p.m. after Thompson and his brother got into a fight on a plane. The name of Thompson’s brother was not released.

The North Carolina Attorney General’s office said Thompson was cited for intimidation and violence and assaulting another person on the flight.

RDU police met the plane and held Thompson until FBI agents arrived. The FBI handles in-air incidents because they come under federal jurisdiction.


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  • New York Yankee Sep 9, 2008

    meteo...the pilot that landed the plane in the picture lives in Raleigh. :-)

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 9, 2008

    The brothers were trying to identify the "mystery meat" in the airline food and the fight broke out. "It's chicken!" "NO, IT'S PORK!"

  • meteo Sep 9, 2008

    What's kind of funny here is the caption of JetBlue, with the landing gear on fire. Jeez, an airline has one landing mishap and nobody ever forgets!

  • enoughsenough Sep 9, 2008

    Ok children.