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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 14, 2018

New Jersey Man Sentenced for Interference with Flight Crew

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that JOEL MICHAEL BANE, age 39, of New Jersey, was sentenced Wednesday, December 12, 2018 after pleading guilty on September 13, 2018 to one count of interference with flight crew.

According to the court documents, JOEL MICHAEL BANE intimidated and threatened flight attendants while on Southwest Airlines flight number 208, which departed from Chicago, Illinois, with a destination of New Orleans, Louisiana.  The defendant also refused to comply with the captain’s directives to take his seat for landing.  After the airplane landed, JOEL MICHAEL BANE assaulted the police officers who escorted him off of the airplane.

U.S. District Court Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced JOEL MICHAEL BANE to a term of two years of probation and a $3,000 fine.

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Maria M. Carboni is in charge of the prosecution.

 

Updated December 14, 2018