Man or­dered to pay $97K for be­ing dis­rup­tive

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - NEWS -

HONOLULU (AP) — A man who dis­rupted a Hawai­ian Air­lines flight so much the plane had to re­turn to Honolulu last year in­stead of head­ing to New York must pay the air­line nearly $100,000, a fed­eral judge ruled.

New Jersey res­i­dent James Au­gust was or­dered Mon­day to pay resti­tu­tion after he was sen­tenced to three months of pro­ba­tion in June.

Au­gust was ac­cused of drunk­enly threat­en­ing his girl­friend, her chil­dren, other pas­sen­gers and crew mem­bers dur­ing the flight and slap­ping a flight at­ten­dant on her shoul­der, ac­cord­ing to an FBI af­fi­davit.

The pay­ment of $97,817 rep­re­sents re­im­burse­ment of Hawai­ian Air­lines’ costs for turn­ing the jet around, in­clud­ing fuel, main­te­nance, ground crew, re­place­ment flight crew, land­ing fee and re-cater­ing.

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