September 26, 2019
Airline Passenger Charged With Interference With a Crewmember
On September 26, 2019, Jwan Curry was a ticketed passenger on Alaska Airlines flight 411, scheduled for nonstop service from John F. Kennedy Airport in New York to Los Angeles International Airport in California. During the flight, Curry caused a disturbance and prevented the crewmembers from performing their duties. As a result, the Alaska Airlines pilot in command diverted the flight to Kansas City International Airport in Missouri. There, Curry was removed from the aircraft and taken into custody, and the flight continued on to its final destination.
On September 27, a criminal complaint charged Curry with interference with a crewmember. On October 1, he was indicted by a Federal grand jury in the Western District of Missouri.
DOT-OIG is working on this investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.