Unruly plane passenger gets prison time

January 22, 2009 4:35:32 PM PST
An Albany, N.Y., man who caused a ruckus on a Continental Airlines jet in a failed attempt to get a free ticket must serve 30 months in prison. A federal judge in Midland on Thursday sentenced Arthur David Proskin, who in October pleaded guilty to interfering with a flight crew.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Proskin was on Continental Flight 2116 last April, traveling from Houston to Palm Springs, Calif.

Prosecutors say Proskin was hit in the knee by a beverage cart, then he acted upset and yelled obscenities at a flight attendant and other passengers.

The plane diverted to Midland International Airport. Proskin, who was 44 at the time of the incident, was removed and arrested. The jet continued on to California.

Proskin told investigators he created the disturbance to get free travel vouchers when he complained.

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