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Airline Passenger Pleads Guilty To Interfering With Flight Attendant

On October 5, 2020, in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, Matthew Dingley pleaded guilty to one count of interfering with flight crewmembers and attendants. The guilty plea relates to a January 9, 2020, incident in which Dingley—a passenger on a United Airlines flight from Dulles International Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport—interfered with a flight attendant’s ability to perform her duties by physically striking and intimidating her.
DOT-OIG is conducting the investigation with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department.