Pax Gets Violent After Being Told He Can’t Do Yoga On Plane

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Airline passengers are becoming increasingly innovative in finding ways to disrupt flights. The latest: a UA pilot turned a plane around mid-flight because a violent passenger wanted to do yoga instead of sit in his seat.

The flight from HNL to NRT was aborted after 72-year-old Hyongtae Pae started yelling at crew members and shoving his wife, the FBI said. The couple had travelled to Hawaii to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. But something went wrong.

Pae told the FBI he didn't want to sit in his seat during the meal service, so he went to the back of the plane to do yoga and meditate. Yoga is a practice Pae has apparently taken up recently to reduce his anxiety.

He became angry when his wife and flight attendants told him to return to his seat. "Pae pushed his wife because she was trying to make him stop," the complaint said. "He felt that she was siding with the flight crew." 

Pae tried to head-butt and bite U.S. Marines who were passengers on the flight and were trying to force him back to his seat, Assistant U.S. Attorney Darren Ching said at Pae's detention hearing Wednesday. 

According to the complaint, he threatened to kill passengers and was yelling that there is no god. Pae went into a rage because he felt the flight crew was ordering him around, Ching said. 

He later urinated on himself and was on suicide watch at the Honolulu Federal Detention Center, Ching said. 

US Magistrate Judge Kevin Chang ordered that Pae be released on $25,000 bond, but with certain conditions including not leaving the island of Oahu and undergoing a mental health evaluation. 

Chang denied Kim's request to allow Pae to return home to Korea, because that would involve getting on a plane again. 

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