A first-class Delta passenger allegedly unleashed a homophobic attack against a flight attendant who refused to serve him more alcohol – by calling him an anti-gay slur and hurling objects at him.
Christopher Alexander Morgan, who was flying back to his home in Phoenix from Atlanta aboard Flight 2908 on April 22, allegedly became uncooperative with flight attendants before the plane took off, The Daily Beast reported.
He “reclined his (1D) seat all the way back and refused to put on his seatbelt,” according to the outlet, which cited an FBI affidavit unsealed Monday.
Two flight attendants told him to bring his seatback to the upright position for takeoff, but he refused, became “uncooperative and would not comply with their instructions,” the affidavit states.
He later ordered and received an alcoholic drink, but was angered when a flight attendant – cited as “H.D.” — offered him a non-alcoholic beverage when he ordered another one, according to the document.
“Morgan called H.D. the f-word and a ‘queer’ and threw a glass of ice at H.D.,” the affidavit says.
“When passenger R.O., who was sitting in seat 2G, said something to Morgan to deescalate Morgan’s display of aggression, Morgan became angry with the passenger R.O. and held the glass he was holding up to R.O.’s face,” it states.
The flight attendant then went to inform the captain about what Morgan was doing.
“According to H.D., Morgan then got out of his seat, grabbed the telephone from H.D., and hit H.D. in the chest with the telephone,” the affidavit continues. “Passenger R.O. reported that he heard Morgan call H.D. a ‘fag’ and that he observed Morgan take the airplane phone from H.D. and throw it at him.”
Another cabin crew member guarded the cockpit door for the remainder of the flight “out of security concerns for the flight crew,” the affidavit says.
Morgan was arrested after the flight landed at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. He was charged with interference with flight crew members or attendants, a felony that carries up to 20 years behind bars.
The suspect, who has admitted getting angry when denied another drink, said “H.D. was homosexual and that this made him uncomfortable,” according to the affidavit.
“Morgan said that he is homophobic and that it is possible he could have been intimidating to the flight attendants,” it says. “He said that his homophobia may have caused his temper towards the flight attendant to escalate and he admitted that he called H.D. a queer.”
Morgan has denied assaulting the crew member.
A rep for Delta didn’t immediately respond to request for comment.
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