A JetBlue passenger choked a female flight attendant with his necktie and begged to be shot, report says

After a failed phone call, the unruly passenger became frustrated. Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images
A JetBlue passenger who was flying from Boston to Puerto Rico claimed that he choked an attendant wearing a necktie.

CBSN Boston reported that he shouted at the pilot, saying he wanted to die.

According to the FBI, the passenger was taken into custody and charged with one federal offense.

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According to CBSN Boston, an unruly passenger on a JetBlue flight between Boston and San Juan, Puerto Rico was taken into custody after he allegedly choked the flight attendant while trying to force his entry into the cockpit.

According to local media outlets, Khalil El DAHR became upset after a failed cell phone call. Investigators say that El Dahr ran towards Flight 261, shouting in Spanish and Arabic.

According to CBSN Boston, a flight attendant opened the cockpit door and El Dahr, allegedly choked her with his necktie. According to local media outlets, he tried to enter the cockpit.

According to an FBI affidavit, El Dahr punched the flight attendant in his chest. He also tightened the necktie and stopped crew members from breathing.

CBSN Boston reported that six to seven crew members used neckties, flex wrist cuffs and seatbelt extensions to restrain him.

El Dahr was taken into custody in Puerto Rico following the landing of the plane. He faces at least one federal offense for interference with flight crew members according to the affidavit.

According to The Washington Post, he is currently being held in Puerto Rico.

JetBlue did not respond to Insider's request for comment.

There has been an increase in incidents of disruptive behavior on flights this summer, with travelers hitting, harassing, and yelling at staff members.

A JetBlue Airways passenger was fined $45,000 last month for sticking his head up to a flight attendant's skirt. Insider's Dominick Reuter reported.

Zahra Tayeb, an Insider reporter, reported that flight attendants feel exhausted from dealing with difficult passengers and are worried for their safety.

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