Unruly passenger faces sentence in October tiff

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Georgia man faces sentencing before a federal judge in Pittsburgh for interfering with an AirTran crew on an Atlanta-to-Pittsburgh flight in October.

Thirty-four-year-old Marc Malone, of Hogansville, Ga., pleaded guilty in January and faces sentencing Wednesday.

Malone was charged by Allegheny County police with public drunkenness after the flight landed at Pittsburgh International Airport on Oct. 10.

But the FBI charged him in December with flight crew interference alleging he began acting strangely, saying “I need to get off now” while moving toward the front of the plane. The FBI says Malone pushed a flight crew member, swore and threatened the crew after they subdued him with plastic “flex” cuffs.

Malone’s attorney says in court documents that his client became drunk in a “misguided attempt” to calm his anxiety about flying and is undergoing alcohol counseling.

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