Fort Worth man gets 4 months in prison over disrupted flight
Sep. 09, 2015
AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — A Fort Worth man has been sentenced to four months in prison for disrupting a Southwest Airlines flight and forcing an unscheduled landing in Amarillo.
Zachary Marshall Ziba was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Amarillo.
Ziba in June was convicted of interfering with a flight crew over the Jan. 18 incident on a trip from Denver to Dallas.
Prosecutors say Ziba became disruptive, intimidated a flight attendant and used profanities. The jet diverted to Amarillo, where Ziba was removed.
An attorney for Ziba has said his client was intoxicated and arguing with a friend but never threatened or touched a flight attendant who reported the incident to the captain.