Man tries to gain access to plane through restricted area at Memphis airport, affidavit says
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A man accused of trying to gain access to a plane at Memphis International Airport on Oct. 1 is facing criminal charges.
Antonious Thomas, 44, allegedly forced entry into a restricted door allowing him to gain access to the aircraft ramp.
Airport employees attempted to stop him but were unsuccessful.
According to the affidavit, witnesses later saw Thomas enter a commercial aircraft unauthorized. Employees attempted to stop him again but he fled the area and re-entered the ramp where officers were waiting.
Investigators say Thomas got into a fighting stance when he saw the officers but was sprayed in the eyes with a “chemical agent allowing them to arrest him.
Thomas is charged with entering a restricted airport area and resisting official detention.
Investigators have not released his motive for entering the plane.
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