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Drunk, Belligerent Male Model Restrained By Fellow Passengers on OC-Bound Flight

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A 26-year-old male model and actor was allegedly drunk and adequately erratic that he had to be restrained by several fellow passengers aboard a flight from Chicago O'Hare to Orange County's John Wayne Airport.Arash "Ash" Durrani, a Virginia native, currently works as a model and actor, and runs a "clothing company geared towards promoting awareness of social movements and charities, GROW Clothing," according to his IMDB bio. He also was a former intern for the United States Court of Appeals.

However, on United's flight 473 Wednesday, Durrani was allegedly intoxicated, carrying prescription drugs in his bag, and consuming more alcohol while on board. Passenger David Truong told the OC Register the incident involving Durrani began to unfold about 45 minutes into the flight, when Durrani began to pace the aisle and bother passengers.

"He looked at every one of us and said, 'I'm going to kill you and your entire family,'" Truong told NBC Los Angeles.

"He was inappropriately touching women and aggressively harassing people," Truong also relayed.

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One of those women was Nona Pitts, a salon owner, who recounted: "He grabbed my hair and lifted my head up and said, 'I want to kiss you.'"

Pitts describes Durrani's behavior as belligerent, and indicated he was frightening children on the plane. Crew members and passengers were frustrated, and tried to calm him, to no avail. Ultimately, several passengers banded together to restrain Durrani, holding him down for about three hours--the remainder of the flight.

Truong recounts having to sit on the man to keep him down. He also notes a doctor injected Durrani with Valium, however when Durrani would come around he would continue to try to fight. The passengers holding down a kicking and spitting Durrani had to use belts to keep him down.

Durrani was arrested upon landing, confirms the FBI's Laura Eimiller. He is expected to be charged with interference with a flight crew, which is a federal offense.

Cellphone video of some of the incident was taken by a passenger and shared with media outlets:

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