Three Jack Daniels on a one-hour flight to Charlotte helped put Michael Kerr in jail last summer.
Now his violent confrontation with the flight crew apparently will lead to a guilty plea.
Kerr, 25, of Lexington, Ky., was a passenger on an American Airlines flight into Charlotte on July 21. While the jet was taxing to the terminal, Kerr refused the orders of a flight attendant to stay in his seat, then threatened to break her jaw, according to authorities.
He then rushed to the front of the plane where he kicked one attendant and shoved another to the floor of the plane, an FBI affidavit says. He spat. He cursed. He kept kicking, even after the pilot and co-pilot wrestled him to the ground and used a seat belt strap to restrain his legs. It took a group of Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers to remove him from the plane.
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Much of the chaos was captured on a cellphone video from a fellow passenger.
Kerr was jailed on a series of charges, including being intoxicated and disruptive, assault on a female, communicating threats and interfering with the duties of a flight crew or attendant.
Under an agreement with prosecutors, he will plead guilty to the interference charge. It carries a maximum penalty of 20 years followed by up to five years of supervised released.
Kerr’s sentencing hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Keesler has not been scheduled. Researcher Maria David contributed.