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He tried to open emergency door and stab a flight attendant with a spoon

Flying is supposed to be a restful experience but not for these passengers.

During a United Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Boston, the flight crew saw an alarm that a door in the plane had been disarmed and, after inspection, a flight attendant saw the door’s locking handle had been pushed out of the fully locked position and an emergency slide arming lever had been disarmed.

A flight attendant who saw Francisco Torres near the door went to talk to him.

“According to court documents, the flight attendant then notified the captain that they believed Torres posed a threat to the aircraft and that the captain needed to land the aircraft as soon as possible,” the Justice Department said.

Soon after, Torres allegedly got out of his seat,before thrusting “towards one of the flight attendants in a stabbing motion with a broken metal spoon, hitting the flight attendant on the neck area three times,” the department said.

Torres was then tackled by other passengers on the flight and was immediately taken into custody after the flight landed. Torres faces one charge of interference and attempted interference with flight crew members and attendants using a dangerous weapon. Torres was arrested at Boston Logan International Airport and will remain detained pending a hearing set for Thursday.

United Airlines passenger aircraft - Boeing 777

Photo: Getty Images

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