Federal lawsuit filed against man for hijacking

Frontier Airlines Flight 1335 departed LaGuardia Airport on the evening of Feb. 9 and was heading to Orlando International Airport when it was diverted to Raleigh-Durham International Airport, according to the complaint.

Other passengers said a man, later identified as Ganter, began making disturbing comments to people around him about an hour into the flight after waking up from sleep. One said Ganter claimed he was stuck with needles and his DNA was being collected.

He said “he was from the ‘Slapahoe’ Indian tribe and he was going to slap people and beat them to death”. The document says some of the verbal threats were directed at a small child and his mother, who were seated behind him.

A flight attendant moved the passengers seated near Ganter. Several others moved to be near his seat, which seemed to agitate him. Ganter then stood up in a manner considered aggressive.

According to the complaint, several people restrained him with zip ties on his hands and saran around his feet. One passenger said Ganter punched her, while another said she was thrown against a window as she tried to walk away from the situation.

The flight landed in North Carolina around 7:45 p.m. and airport police boarded to escort Ganter off the plane.

He told an officer in a statement that he alerted flight attendants that he felt kicks in his skin. An attendant asked the passenger to move, he said, and five guys attacked him. Ganter was taken to a medical center in Raleigh for an evaluation.

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