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Airline Passenger Sentenced for Interfering with Flight Attendant

On March 9, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey sentenced Matthew Dingley to 30 months of incarceration, 3 years of supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and $1,000 in restitution. On October 5, 2020, Dingley pleaded guilty to one count of interfering with flight crewmembers and attendants based on a January 9, 2020, incident in which Dingley, a passenger aboard a United Airlines flight, interfered with a flight attendant’s ability to perform her duties by physically striking and intimidating her.

DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department.