Man faces life in prison after allegedly trying to stab a flight attendant and open the emergency door mid-flight

A federal grand jury has reportedly indicted a Massachusetts man on charges related to an incident on a United Airlines flight in March. The man is accused of trying to stab a flight attendant with a broken spoon.

Francisco Severo Torres, 33, was arraigned Wednesday in federal court in Boston. He faces a single charge of obstructing and attempting to obstruct flight crew members and flight attendants by using a dangerous weapon, they say WNCT.

Torres was arrested at Boston Logan International Airport on March 6 after he apparently attempted to open an emergency exit door on a United Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Boston. He was also accused of trying to stab a flight attendant with a broken spoon.

Prosecutors in the case reportedly said the flight crew was informed about the deactivation of one of the plane’s doors less than an hour before landing in Boston. A flight attendant noted that she had spotted Torres near the door and believed he was the person responsible, the report said.

When asked about alleged tampering with the emergency exit door, Torres responded by asking if there was video evidence of it, according to a report Press release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts.

Torres was reportedly upset after the incident and said he had planned to “kill every man on this plane” before reportedly stating that he would “take over this plane,” the release said.

As WNCT reported, court documents indicated that Torres attempted to stab a flight attendant “three times in the neck area with a broken spoon.” A witness said Torres was thrown to the floor of the plane by several other passengers.

“As he ran down the aisle, 10 to 15 men on the plane just stood up and started chasing him,” Lisa Olsen said. “[The men] grabbed him and tied him up…It took four men to just sit on him as he was still erratic and screaming.”

The flight crew members then continued to subdue the suspect. Torres was reportedly arrested after the plane landed in Boston.

If found guilty of the charges, Torres could face a possible sentence of life in prison, up to five years of supervised release and a hefty fine of up to $250,000.

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Laura Coffey

Laura Coffey is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Laura Coffey joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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