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A criminal complaint was issued by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Dallas, TX today. The complaint consists of the basic information the U.S. Attorney has and is the first step in criminal proceedings against the pilot. Now the complaint is only the word of an FBI agent who is recounting what he was told by witnesses to the event itself. If it is anywhere close to accurate it is a very chilling account of what happened.
You can read the complaint in full here.

JetBlue has also responded to the event in their own words here.

Getting back to the complaint, it alleges violation of 49 USC 46504

An individual on an aircraft in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States who, by assaulting or intimidating a flight crew member or flight attendant of the aircraft, interferes with the performance of the duties of the member or attendant or lessens the ability of the member or attendant to perform those duties, or attempts or conspires to do such an act, shall be fined under title 18, imprisoned for not more than 20 years, or both. However, if a dangerous weapon is used in assaulting or intimidating the member or attendant, the individual shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life.

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