Lexington man arrested after flight disturbance in Charlotte
A Kentucky man is facing charges in connection to a disturbance caused on a flight from Lexington to Charlotte.
Michael Arthur Kerr is charged with interference with the performance or duties of a flight crew member or flight attendant.
Court documents obtained by WKYT from the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina state that the incident occurred on an American Airlines flight that departed from Lexington to Charlotte on July 21.
When the flight landed at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the flight crew instructed everyone to remain seated until further notice before leaving the plane. According to court documents, Kerr, who was served three glasses of Jack Daniels during the flight, got out of his seat. The document says that when a flight attendant asked him to return to his seat, he threatened to break that flight attendant's jaw.
Witnesses went on to say that Kerr walked to the front of the plane and appeared to be intoxicated. His arrest citation states that he was verbally abusive to the flight crew and that he even kicked and shoved them.
The documents say that the pilot and co-pilot had to physically restrain Kerr. He was held face down in the aisle with his hands restrained behind his back while flight crew members wrapped a seatbelt strap around his ankles.
When Charlotte Mecklenburg Police officers responded, they reported they could smell the odor of alcohol on Kerr. The officers said Kerr was kicking at them, making it difficult to get him in handcuffs. The officers documented that they had to pull Kerr out of the aircraft and restrain him until other officers arrived.
Kerr was booked into the Mecklenburg County jail. He was released the next day. In addition to the federal charges, he is also charged with assault on a female and communicating threats.