Airline Passengers Have Bizarre Dispute

Federal agents questioned two airline passengers Wednesday after a dispute that began when a man sprayed the person sitting next to him with perfume, authorities said.

The two men, who were not arrested, were aboard an American Airlines flight from Lima, Peru, to Miami when the confrontation took place, Miami FBI spokeswoman Judy Orihuela said.

Before the flight, the older man left his assigned seat and laid down in the aisle. He also asked for a glass of water and poured it on his head, Orihuela said.

The older man, a 56-year-old Japanese national, then sat in a seat beside a jockey in his 20s, from Louisville, Ky., The Miami Herald reported.

About two hours into the flight, the older man sprayed the jockey with perfume, Orihuela said.

The younger man then took out an iPod, but the older man became upset and began elbowing the younger man, Orihuela said.

"(The older man) thought it (the iPod) was not going to be good for the plane ... with all the rules on electronics," Orihuela said.

The younger man alerted the flight crew, and he and the older man were separated. The plane landed early Wednesday morning and the two men were questioned, but not arrested, Orihuela said. Neither man was immediately named.


Information from: The Miami Herald,

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