November 18, 2019

Italian man sentenced in airline fight

BANGOR — An Italian man involved in an altercation on an airliner last week was sentenced to 10 days in jail and fined $1,000 Monday after pleading guilty in federal court to one count of simple assault.

Ignazio Miliano, 47, of Milan, Italy, was arraigned and sentenced in U.S. District Court three days after he and his son were taken into police custody after an extended argument on an overseas flight involving cigarette smoking. The son, Cosnio Miliano, 23, was under police supervision at a local hotel until he departed for Italy last Saturday.

Miliano was given credit for the three days he already served in Penobscot County Jail. He reportedly caused a Continental Airlines flight headed for New Jersey to be diverted to Bangor after verbal and physical skirmishes with flight attendants that involved grabbing a male flight attendant by the tie and throat and threatening that if he had a gun he would kill everyone there.

Miliano also reportedly grabbed a female attendant by the arm and was yelling.

Problems with Miliano reportedly began about 15 minutes after the flight’s 9 a.m. takeoff last Friday when he began to smoke a cigarette. He was told smoking wasn’t allowed on the flight.

The crew reportedly warned Miliano more than six times about smoking, including after catching him more than once smoking in the bathroom. Crew members also issued two written warnings and also said the son was smoking, according to Bangor police.

About 12:30 p.m., a half-hour before the Continental Airlines flight landed at Bangor International Airport, Bangor police were notified that two passengers were on board whom the crew wanted removed from the plane.

Karla Villalon, a spokeswoman for Continental Airlines, said she did not know if the airline would honor the remainder of Miliano’s ticket to Newark. He may have to pay for a new one when he gets out of jail.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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