Flight Grounded After Muslim Beats Up Flight Attendant, Threatens to Blow Up Plane
A U.S. Magistrate set bail at $50,000 and appointed an attorney from the Federal Public Defender’s Office to represent a New York City man who attacked flight attendants during a flight from JFK to Palm Beach International Airport.
Alija Kucuk, from Queens, was released after his cousins, Adnon Radoncic and Dishire Radoncic posted his bond.
In addition to imposing standard restrictions on Kucuk, U.S. Magistrate William Matthewman issued release documents that specifically prohibit him from flying.
“No Airplanes — Deft. is prohibited from flying commercially.”
Kucuk faces a possible maximum of 20-years in prison for flight attendance interference after an incident on a Jet Blue flight. The 29-year-old is also charged with threatening to destroy an aircraft.
FBI Special Agent Robert McGuire’s report alleged that Kucuk ran down the center aisle of the plane shortly after takeoff and pushed two flight attendants aside before sending a third crashing into a door and punching him in the face.
Kucuk then began screaming that he was going to “blow up the plane” before being restrained by one of the flight attendants.
Interference with flight attendance and threatening the safety of an aircraft are federal felonies.
“The altercation that transpired between Alija Kucuk and the flight attendant included verbal epithets and racial slurs by Alija Kucuk. During this time, Alija Kucuk also yelled … he ‘would blow up the plane,'” agents wrote.
The Magistrate agreed to allow Kucuk to live in Boca Raton with relatives and work with them at their used car business.
Kucuk will return to court November 6 for his arraignment.
The FBI did not present a possible motive and has not issued a comment.