Man On Spirit Airlines Flight To Florida Arrested For Asking Flight Attendants To Join “Mile High Club” With Him

Posted January 13, 2024 by with 9 comments

Spirit Airlines. Florida. You know the drill. Via DOJ:

United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the arrest and filing of a criminal complaint charging James Warren Finnister (47, Detroit, MI) with interfering with flight crew members and assaulting a flight attendant on an aircraft in the United States. If convicted, Finnister faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.

According to court documents, Finnister interfered with crew members and flight attendants during a January 9, 2024, flight from Louisville to Orlando International Airport. Finnister allegedly sexually harassed flight attendants, assaulted a crew member, and requested entry into the aircraft cockpit while the plane was in flight, in addition to other disruptive behavior.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the United States Marshals Service. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Adam J. Nate.


Below is the relevant portion of the criminal complaint, in which the man’s harassment of the flight crew is detailed. After allegedly asking multiple flight attendants if they wanted to join the “mile high club,” the man grabbed one of them and pulled her into his seat. He then lied down on the plane floor and said it was his first flight (at 47 years old?):

And finally, here’s the man’s mugshot: