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Man Who Hit Flight Attendant En Route to LAX Was 'Too Intoxicated to Stand'

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Plenty of us enjoy a nice cocktail aboard an aircraft to calm our nerves, but it's generally wise to know your limits while cruising at an altitude of 30,000 feet. One Minnesota man did not, and got so drunk on an L.A.-bound flight last night that he punched a flight attendant, then became convinced that he was being kidnapped when other passengers restrained him.

City News Service reports that Allen Chaves was removed from the Delta flight at about 8:45 p.m. at LAX. It's unclear what prompted Chaves to hit the steward, but passenger Ed Barrera told CBS2 that "there was a little bit of a scuffle, and when the flight attendant walked back up he was bleeding from the nose, so he had been scratched up."

Four other passengers jumped in, holding Chaves down for the remainder of the flight. He reportedly accused them of kidnapping him and holding him against his will, and when the plane landed, he refused to get off.

"He was unwilling to leave," Barrera said. "He kept holding onto the seats and they literally dragged him off the plane."

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Sgt. Belinda Nettles of Los Angeles Airport Police interpreted Chaves' removal from the plane somewhat differently. "Airport police arrived," she told City News Service, "and at the request of the airline the subject was removed from the aircraft because he was too intoxicated to stand."