man got out of his seat to help. Witnesses?would tell the FBI that Hudek punched him in the face repeatedly and?hit him with a bottle of red?wine, of which several were lying around.
Having fought off the initial resistance, the FBI agent wrote, Hudek went back to the door and kept working on the lever.
By now, other passengers were scared. Hudek had raised the lever halfway up, according to the affidavit. Flight crew members would later tell the FBI agent that had the plane been flying at a lower altitude, the door could have opened.
A flight attendant picked up a wine bottle, then a second one, and smashed them each over Hudek’s head,?according to the FBI.
“Hudek did not seem?impacted by the breaking of a full liter red wine bottle over his head,” the FBI agent wrote, “and instead shouted ‘Do you know who I am?’ or something to that extent.”
He kept fighting, according to the affidavit: breaking from a passenger’s headlock and struggling even after multiple passengers had joined the fray.
But he was outnumbered and eventually subdued — held down in the galley, zip-ties fastened around his limbs while a flight attendant told a passenger to return the lever to its proper place.