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Judge to rule on Texan charged in Southwest flight dispute

8 months 23 hours 44 minutes ago Monday, August 05 2019 Aug 5, 2019 August 05, 2019 1:37 PM August 05, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

DALLAS (AP) - A federal judge will determine whether a profanity-laced tantrum by a Texas man aboard a Southwest Airlines flight last year constituted a threat to the flight crew and passengers or was merely rude behavior.

Justin Riley Brafford was arrested and charged with flight crew interference after the Dallas-bound plane was diverted to Albuquerque, New Mexico, last October. A criminal complaint shows a female passenger complained that Brafford touched her and whispered unsolicited advances and she requested a seat change. Authorities say Brafford verbally attacked the woman and the flight attendant who granted her seat-change request.

A lawyer for the 29-year-old man from Denton filed a motion in June to dismiss the indictment, saying Brafford simply "acted rudely."

The Dallas Morning News reports that a ruling is slated for next week.

Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com

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