FAA says it’s ‘looking into allegations’ regarding Bieber’s flight to New Jersey
UPDATED 8:50 p.m
The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday that it is looking into allegations that passengers onboard singer Justin Bieber’s charter flight last week interfered with the flight crew.
Under FAA regulations, “No person may assault, threaten, intimidate, or interfere with a crew member in the performance of the crew member’s duties aboard an aircraft.”
According to a law enforcement sources, Bieber and his father were “extremely abusive verbally” to a flight attendant during a flight on the chartered Gulfstream IV aircraft from Ontario, Canada, to Teterboro Airport in New Jersey last Friday in advance of the Super Bowl.
Sheriff’s investigators Thursday asked prosecutors to charge Justin Bieber with felony vandalism in his alleged egging of a neighbor’s home.
“No decision will be made this week,” Los Angeles County District Attorney spokesman Ricardo Santiago told CNN.
Detectives presented their findings to a prosecutor who must decide whether Bieber, 19, will be charged with vandalism and if the charge is a misdemeanor or a felony, Santiago said.
The neighbor accused Bieber of tossing eggs over a fence and onto the mansion next door on January 9. Investigators pressed for a more serious felony charge because the attack allegedly caused an estimated $20,000 in damage.
If it were to happen, a misdemeanor charge would be easier for the singer to deal with, since he would not have to personally appear in court. His lawyer could handle the case without his presence. A felony, which carries a more serious penalty, would require Bieber’s attendance in court.