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Airline passenger arrested for tying up seatmate

A 29-year-old man, Ezra Wallace, was arrested by FBI agents after he bound the hands of a teenager seated next to him on an airplane.

The incident happened on a Southwest Airlines flight on route to Denver, during which Wallace and two teenaged sisters were seated together in the same row.

It is believed that the problem started before the flight took off, when Wallace had tried to take a photo of the older of the two sisters and the teenager objected, covering her face with her hands.

The younger sister, 16 years old, stated that during the flight Wallace took of strips of white tape from his backpack and used it to tie her hands together.

The teenager’s older sister tore off the tape with her teeth, but it was reported that Wallace then tried to bind both sisters’ hands together with tape.

A flight attendant saw what had occurred and moved the sisters to a different row to sit with their brother, where they remained until Wallace was arrested by FBI agents after the plane landed at the Denver airport.

Witnesses said that Wallace appeared to be drunk and had consumed a half-pint of vodka during the flight.

Wallace was charged with two separate counts of assault while on board an aircraft.

www.southwest.com

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