Lexington man arrested after attacking flight attendents

Michael Kerr
Michael Kerr (Photo Courtesy: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Jail)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WTVQ) – A Lexington man will appear in federal court in North Carolina on Wednesday, after authorities say he attacked several flight attendants on a Lexington to Charlotte flight.

According to the Charlotte Observer, 25-year-old Michael Kerr was a passenger on a Thursday night flight.  The paper says that Kerr was served three whiskeys after takeoff.

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The Observer says that as the American Airlines plane was taxiing to the gate in Charlotte, Kerr got out of his seat, against flight crew orders.  When an attendant tried to get Kerr to sit down, he reportedly threatened to break her jaw.

Kerr then walked to the front of the plane and began cursing at the flight crew, according to the paper, kicking one attendant, and shoving another one to the floor.  An affidavit says that the pilot and co-pilot had to wrestle Kerr to the ground, and used a seat belt to restrain his legs until police arrived.

The Charlotte Observer reports that when police got there Kerr continued to resist arrest, even after being handcuffed, necessitating additional officers to be called to the scene before he could be removed.

The paper says that Kerr is accused of intoxication, disruptive behavior, assault, threatening behavior, and interfering with the duties of a flight crew or attendant.

Information from The Charlotte Observer