Passengers Restrain Man Accused of Grabbing Women on Flight

Passengers used belts to restrain a man who was taken into custody Tuesday night after allegedly harassing people -- including a woman who said he grabbed her hair and asked her to kiss him -- aboard a flight from Chicago to Santa Ana's John Wayne Airport. Passenger Nona Pitts told NBC4 that the man, identified by the FBI as 26-year-old actor-model Arash Durrani, sat across from her on United Airlines flight 473. Pitts asked whether he was "on anything" because of his strange behavior. "He was kind of slurring his words," Pitts said. "He just goes, 'Why, you want some?' "The stewardess came by and he said, 'I want another (Jack Daniels).' I said I think he's had enough to drink. She gives him two more bottles of J.D." Pitts moved to a different seat, but Durrani followed her, she said. "He grabs my hair and he goes, 'Nona, Nona, Nona, kiss me,'" said Pitts. When the man started pacing and scaring children on the plane, passenger David Truong said he and other passengers took action and physically restrained the man with belts. Durrani, who was restrained for nearly three hours, will be charged with a federal offense for interference with a flight crew, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

Contact Us