A 49-year-old man faces federal charges after he allegedly assaulted an airline employee and interfered with a United Airlines flight crew on a flight bound for Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) last month.
A federal grand jury in Los Angeles returned an indictment May 20th charging James Allen Cameron of Anaheim with one count of interference with a flight crew and one count of assault, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. The interference charge carries a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and the assault charge carries a maximum penalty of six months in prison.
Cameron allegedly had to be restrained in his seat by passengers and crew members during a flight from Hong Kong to Los Angeles April 23rd, Eimiller said. He surrendered to authorities May 22nd, she said.
Cameron was afforded an initial appearance in U.S. District Court and he posted $50,000 bond. Arraignment was scheduled Tuesday, May 27th.
Under Title 49 and Title 18 of the U.S. Code, the FBI has primary jurisdiction for investigations into criminal acts or other violations of the federal code that occur on all aircraft arriving to the United States on both foreign and domestic airlines, as well as U.S. airlines flying outbound from the United States, Eimiller said.
This case was investigated by the FBI, U.S. Customs Border Protection and the Los Angeles Airport Police Division, and will be prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office.