A 20-year-old Canadian flying from Newark to Toronto on Sunday did his best to break into the plane’s cockpit by bumping into the cockpit door – twice. And when his scheme failed, he locked himself in the plane’s toilet for 15 minutes to smoke a cigarette. The flight was forced to land near Scranton, Pennsylvania, and naturally the young man was subsequently arrested.
From Paddle Your Own Kanoo:
In a newly filed affidavit, an FBI agent investigating the incident alleges [Sebastian] Bien-Aine rose from his seat immediately after takeoff and while the small Dash 8 turboprop regional plane was still in its initial climb out of Newark.
Witnesses claim that Bien-Aine “charged” towards the cockpit and tried to open the door but discovered that it had already been closed by the pilots. A flight attendant “steered” Bien-Aine back to his seat but moments later he got up and charged towards the cockpit for a second try. …
When he finally came out [of the bathroom], the flight attendants saw smoke and ash on the floor and detected a strong smell of cigarettes. At this point, the captain decided to land the plane at the nearest airport and Bien-Aine was taken into custody by local law enforcement.
The man faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, according to the US Department of Justice.