Crime & Courts

3 whiskeys, 1 hour and a violent end to a Kentucky-to-Charlotte flight

Three Jack Daniels on an hour-long flight to Charlotte will put Michael Kerr in federal court Wednesday, accused of striking several flight attendants before he was tackled by the pilots.

Kerr, 25, was a passenger Thursday night on an American Airlines flight from Lexington, Ky., to Charlotte. According to an FBI affidavit, Kerr was served three whiskeys after takeoff – it’s not clear if he had been drinking before boarding.

As the plane taxied to a gate at Charlotte Douglas International, Kerr ignored flight crew orders and got out of his seat, the affidavit says. When an attendant interceded, Kerr threatened to break her jaw.

Matters deteriorated from there.

Kerr, appearing intoxicated, walked quickly to the front of the plane and cursed at the flight crew. He kicked one attendant in the leg and shoved another to the floor of the plane, the affidavit says. The pilot and co-pilot, listed only by their initials in the document, got Kerr on the ground and used a seat belt strap to restrain his legs and keep him from kicking.

When Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrived, Kerr was handcuffed but kept kicking, requiring other police officers to be called to the scene before he could be removed from the plane.

Kerr faces charges of being intoxicated and disruptive, assault on a female, communicating threats and interfering with the duties of a flight crew or attendant. He makes his preliminary appearance in federal court in Charlotte at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Michael Gordon: 704-358-5095, @MikeGordonOBS