Delta employee's son is jailed over mid-air brawl

  • Joseph Hudek IV, 24, was sentenced to two years in prison in Seattle on Tuesday
  • He pleaded guilty to wielding a wine bottle during a mid-flight brawl last year
  • Hudek says he was psychotic after taking a pot edible before the Delta flight
  • He got into a fight with flight crew when he tried to open the door mid-flight
  • Hudek punched a flight attendant and hit a passenger with a wine bottle 
  • He was flying first class on a 'dependent pass' because his mom worked for Delta

By Emily Crane For Dailymail.com

Published: 10:24 EDT, 16 May 2018 | Updated: 13:21 EDT, 16 May 2018

A Delta employee's son who wielded a wine bottle during a mid-flight brawl has been sentenced to two years in prison after claiming he was psychotic from eating a pot edible.

Joseph Hudek IV, 24, apologized in a Seattle court on Tuesday before he was sentenced and blamed his violent behavior on eating the edible marijuana moments before he boarded the Delta flight.

Hudek, of Florida, was arrested after he got into a brawl with flight attendants and fellow passengers when he tried to open the plane door mid-flight from Seattle to China in July last year.

Joseph Hudek IV, 24, apologized in a Seattle court on Tuesday before he was sentenced to two years in prison over the mid-air brawl on a Delta flight last year
Joseph Hudek IV, 24, apologized in a Seattle court on Tuesday before he was sentenced to two years in prison over the mid-air brawl on a Delta flight last year

Joseph Hudek IV, 24, apologized in a Seattle court on Tuesday before he was sentenced to two years in prison over the mid-air brawl on a Delta flight last year

He pleaded guilty in February to interfering with a flight crew member and assault on an aircraft with a potential deadly weapon. 

Federal charges said Hudek was flying first class on a 'dependent pass' because his mother worked for Delta Air Lines.

His defense attorney told the court on Tuesday that Hudek had taken three marijuana edibles so he could sleep on the flight, the Seattle Times reports. 

But instead he suffered 'marijuana-induced psychosis' and had delusions and hallucinations. 

He became violent when flight attendants tried to stop him from opening the plane door while they were flying over the Pacific Ocean. 

Hudek punched one of the attendants twice in the face and hit a passenger in the head with a wine bottle before a member of the flight crew smashed a bottle over his head. The aftermath of the mid-air brawl is pictured above
Hudek punched one of the attendants twice in the face and hit a passenger in the head with a wine bottle before a member of the flight crew smashed a bottle over his head. The aftermath of the mid-air brawl is pictured above

Hudek punched one of the attendants twice in the face and hit a passenger in the head with a wine bottle before a member of the flight crew smashed a bottle over his head. The aftermath of the mid-air brawl is pictured above

Federal charges said Hudek (left in his mugshot) was flying first class on a 'dependent pass' because his mother Linda Hudek (right) worked for Delta Air Lines

During the fight, Hudek punched one of the attendants twice in the face and hit a passenger in the head with a wine bottle. 

A flight attendant then hit Hudek with two wine bottles, smashing one over his head. 

'Hudek did not seem impacted by the breaking of a full liter red wine bottle over his head, and instead shouted, "Do you know who I am?" or words to that effect,' according to a complaint filed by the FBI in Seattle at the time.  

It took several passengers to restrain Hudek before the plane returned to Seattle airport.

Hudek's attorney submitted more than 300 letters of recommendation to the court, arguing that he had no history of violence or substance abuse.  

His mother is a customer service representative and reservation agent at Delta.

The 24-year-old apologized in court on Tuesday  and blamed his violent behavior on him eating the edible marijuana moments before he boarded the Delta flight
The 24-year-old apologized in court on Tuesday  and blamed his violent behavior on him eating the edible marijuana moments before he boarded the Delta flight

The 24-year-old apologized in court on Tuesday and blamed his violent behavior on him eating the edible marijuana moments before he boarded the Delta flight

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