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A person who attempted to access the cockpit door is facing charges in a federal court

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According to documents submitted to court, a person on a recent Alaska Airlines flight from San Diego to Dulles International Airport in Virginia repeatedly attempted to open the cockpit door. The individual, Nathan Jones, has been accused of interfering with the flight crew. During the journey, Jones left his seat multiple times and tried three times to access the cockpit. Flight attendants sought help from off-duty law enforcement officers who then restrained Jones for the remainder of the flight.

When questioned, Jones claimed he was “testing” the crew. The cockpit remained secured with a beverage cart until landing. Although Jones did not display violent behavior and seemed confused, he was arrested and barred from flying with the airline. Law enforcement discovered a student pilot’s license and notebooks detailing aircraft operation in Jones’ luggage.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident. Jones’ family expresses concern for his mental health, and his attorney has requested a competency evaluation. A therapist noted Jones’ serious mental health issues while in custody and recommended hospital-level care. Jones faces a possible 20-year prison sentence if convicted of interfering with the flight.

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