We have all been on a flight during which a fellow traveler engaged in some annoying behavior. It could be the parents who are oblivious to the fact that their three-year-old is repeatedly kicking your seat and banging his food tray up and down. Maybe it's the guy who finds it necessary to argue with the flight attendant that his cell phone will in no way interfere with the safe movement of the plane to its intended destination. And, all too often, innocent families simply trying to get to Disney World encounter the person who cannot face flying in a metal tube several miles above ground without first ingesting multiple alcoholic beverages. Apparently, John Peter Flack of Austin was one person who fit into this last category and he now finds himself charged with making a terrorist threat. Perhaps he will opt for some fine airport coffee next time.
According to witnesses, Flack boarded his flight from Dallas to Austin already in a state of severe intoxication. When flight attendants refused to serve him more alcohol, he decided to teach them a lesson. He put on a ski mask, which I did not know was a standard accessory when battling the elements in Texas, and took to reciting lines from Silence of the Lambs. Channeling Hannibal Lechter, Flack asked one of his fellow passengers if she would like to see her own liver. He also chose to share lines from a song that featured "kill" as one of its favorite lyrics. And, as if threatening the removal of organs and a murder set to music, Flack completed his performance by making sexual gestures towards a fifteen-year-old girl. He was promptly arrested by Austin airport police when his flight landed.
I do wonder why Mr. Flack was permitted to board his flight in the first place, as his lack of sobriety was so evident to others. Will he blame the airline for allowing the episode to occur? Time will tell. For now, he faces ten years in jail for the third-degree felony. As of this posting, Flack was behind bars following his arrest on Monday with his bail set at $10,000.
We hope that all passengers who choose air travel act refrain from alcohol prior to flying and maintain courteous behavior towards fellow fliers. However, if you do get arrested while en route to your destination, Bertolino LLP has criminal defense attorneys who can help. Please contact our Austin, Houston, or San Antonio offices today to discuss your case.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Posted by Tony R. Bertolino, Esq. at 12:31 PM