Affectionate Passenger Convicted for Interfering with Flight Attendants

Persing, 41, will probably serve jail time for the federal felony conviction, Assistant U.S. Attorney John Bowler said.


WILMINGTON, North Carolina -- A California man who prosecutors said got a little too friendly with his girlfriend during a flight was convicted of interfering with flight attendants and crew members.

Carl William Persing and his girlfriend were seen "embracing, kissing and acting in a manner that made other passengers uncomfortable" during the September flight from Los Angeles to North Carolina, according to a criminal complaint.

Persing twice threatened a flight attendant who told the couple to stop and refused to serve them alcohol, prosecutors said. The FBI met the couple when the plane landed.

Persing, 41, will probably serve jail time for the federal felony conviction, Assistant U.S. Attorney John Bowler said.

Defense attorney Deb Newton said her client will appeal.

"He's devastated," Newton said, adding that he was defending his right to be left alone.

Charges against girlfriend Dawn Elizabeth Sewell, who was accused of assisting Persing, were dropped this week.


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