Passenger faces prison for airline fight

July 29, 2009 at 4:36 PM

LOS ANGELES, July 29 (UPI) -- A California man faces prison time for an altercation on an airliner last year that prompted the flight crew to restrain him, prosecutors said.

James Cameron, 50, of Anaheim, was convicted in Los Angeles this week of interfering with a flight crew to the point he was duct-taped to his seat and later handcuffed until the plane landed.

Tom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office, said Cameron faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in the fall.

The Orange County Register said Cameron was aboard a United Airlines flight to Hong Kong when he got into an altercation with an off-duty pilot in the seat next to him.

The situation deteriorated, and punches were thrown. Cameron broke free from the duct tape and had to be subdued again with seat-belt extensions and handcuffs.

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