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Man Arrested for Alleged Assault of Flight Attendant

January 10, 2012, 6:59 AM HST
* Updated January 10, 7:05 AM
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Honolulu International Airport, photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

Honolulu FBI agents arrested a man yesterday morning after he allegedly struck a female flight attendant aboard a Delta Airlines flight from Tokyo to Honolulu, said FBI authorities.

Sohei Yamanouchi, 65, of Japan was arrested after landing in Honolulu at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Monday, January 9, 2012, aboard Delta flight 608.

The complaint alleges Yamanouchi struck the woman twice–once with an open hand and again with a closed fist, according to Honolulu FBI Special Agent Tom Simon.

“Travelers to Hawaii need to understand that a flight attendant’s primary job is ensure the safety of the passengers,” said Simon.  “They are not your servants, and they are certainly not your punching bags,” he said.

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“Flying can be a stressful experience for many people, but there is absolutely no excuse for assaulting flight crew members, as alleged in this complaint,” said Simon.

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The flight attendant’s injuries did not require immediate medical attention.  Authorities from the FBI in Honolulu say alcohol intoxication may have been a factor.

The defendant was released pending his next court appearance on January 20, 2012.

Yamanouchi surrendered his passport and has been ordered to remain on Oahu in the interim.

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