A Nebraska man has been sentenced to five years probation for interfering with crew members during a passenger flight.
Russell A. Krebs III is from Arlington, Nebraska. The 38-year old was a passenger on an Omaha to Cincinnati flight on February 20, 2009. The office of U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg and the FBI say he began to act unruly during the flight. When a flight attendant tried to calm him down, Krebs began throwing peanuts at another passenger, made inappropriate sexual comments, and touched the buttocks of a female passenger several times.
Things continued to escalate from there. Krebs attempted to grab a member of the flight crew and punched the passenger sitting next to him in the jaw. The flight crew and other passengers were eventually able to place Krebs in restraints. He was arrested when the plane landed in Cincinnati.
The case was transferred from the U.S. District Court in Kentucky to Omaha where Krebs entered a plea of guilty. As a condition of his probation, he is prohibited from flying on any commercial aircraft for one year.