Another US plane passenger arrested

2011-05-11 20:14

Boston - A man accused of trying to open an emergency door on a flight to Boston has pleaded not guilty to interfering with the operation of an aircraft.

Robert Hersey was ordered on Wednesday held on $1 000 bail after an incident his attorney called a "non-event".

Prosecutors say the 43-year-old Hersey tampered with the plane's emergency exit door during the Delta flight from Orlando, Florida. A Delta spokesperson says an off-duty police officer subdued Hersey.

Passengers say he'd been drinking and appeared upset when the flight was late.

His attorney, Ron Wayland, says Hersey accidentally touched the cover for the door, the cover fell off and he replaced it. Wayland says that caused a light to go off and the pilot to order Hersey moved to another seat.

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