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Massachusetts man arrested for attempting to stab flight attendant


A Massachusetts man was arrested for attempting to stab an attendant on a United Airlines flight and trying to open the emergency exit door.


Francisco Severo Torres, 33, was on a flight from Los Angeles to Boston when the flight staff saw an alert that a door had been disengaged. A flight attendant investigated the scene and saw that the exit door had been tampered with. Torres was spotted in the vicinity of the door and was questioned by the flight attendant. The attendant then reported to the captain that Torres posed a potential threat to the crew and passengers. 


Not long after, Torres got out of his seat and lunged at another flight attendant with a broken metal spoon, stabbing them in the neck three times. Torres was restrained by passengers aboard the plane.


Upon landing, Torres was arrested and charged with attempted interference with a flight crew and assault with a deadly weapon. When questioned by authorities, Torres said that he broke the spoon in the bathroom to use as self-defense; he believed the flight crew was trying to kill him. He was going to escape via the emergency exit. The flight attendant told the authorities that Torres had tried to stab him, hitting his shirt collar three times.


United Airlines released a statement afterward saying that violent behavior isn’t allowed on their flights and that Torres had been banned from using their airline. They also said that luckily no one was injured and that the flight landed safely. 



This isn’t the first aviation incident this month. Last week, a passenger boarding a flight from Lehigh Valley International Airport in Pennsylvania to Florida was caught with a homemade explosive in his suitcase. The man was charged with possessing an explosive and trying to plant an explosive or incendiary device on an aircraft.


ABC conducted an Investigation in 2015 and found that 95% of TSA agents fail to properly inspect passengers. New data suggests that this hasn’t improved much. If we can't trust our government to provide safety measures for flights, then who can we trust?

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