Leroy Hyland, living in Australia on a working visa “tried to break into the cockpit and assault a flight attendant” on a Delta Airlines flights from Los Angeles to Sydney.
An Irish passenger (25) “tried to break into the cockpit and assault a flight attendant” on a Delta Airlines flight traveling from Sydney to Los Angeles on Oct 10. The incident that has only come to light now.
The passenger was identified as Leroy Hyland. He was arrested by armed police upon his arrival at Sydney, Australia.
Hyland allegedly approached the cockpit mid-flight and was turned back but only after he assaulted a flight attendant. Hyland refused to return to his seat and had to be restrained as shocked passengers looked on.
Hyland faces charges of assaulting a cabin crew member and committing an act of violence against a flight aviation enforcement officer on board an aircraft.
Airport Police Commander, Detective Superintendent Simone O'Mahony, said “This alleged behavior has no place in our aviation system and, while there was no significant delay or personal harm caused on this occasion, it should still serve as a warning to others.
“If you risk the safety of your fellow passengers, you risk facing significant penalties.”
Hyland is due back in court in a month.