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Ohio Man Sentenced to Probation with Home Detention for Interfering with a Flight Crew

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH, Pa – An Ohio man has been sentenced in federal court to three years probation with four months home detention on his conviction of interfering with the duties of a flight crew, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed the sentence on Dwight D. Allen, age 56, of University Heights, Ohio.

According to the information presented to the court, on December 17, 2016, a Delta flight out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was heading to Columbus, Ohio, when the defendant, Dwight D. Allen, interfered with the performance of duties of a flight crew member or flight attendant of the aircraft, and lessened the ability of the member or attendant to perform those duties, by intimidating the flight attendant or flight crew member. Allen disregarded instructions to remain in his seat, and had to be physically restrained by attendants and passengers as the plane was returned to the gate due to the defendant’s aggressive behavior.

Assistant United States Attorney Paul E. Hull prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Attorney commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Allegheny County Police Department for the investigation leading to a successful prosecution.

Updated March 29, 2018