Shane McInerney, a 29-year-old man from Ireland, was on his way to Miami to start a new job at a football academy but was arrested because of his behavior during the flight there.
McInerney, from Galway, is also accused of repeatedly refusing to wear a face mask and throwing a can which hit another passenger on the eight-hour journey which departed on 7 January.
He is said to have walked from his seat to complain about the food being served before pulling his pants down, exposing his buttocks to an attendant and nearby passengers.
The pilot tried to speak with McInerney who is said to have responded by telling him not to touch him.
He also put his fist close to the pilot’s face, it is alleged.
McInerney is further accused of refusing to stay in his seat as the plane made its descent to JFK – instead choosing to stand in the aisle.
He was taken into custody after the plane landed.
Legal papers filed in New York said: “During the approximately eight-hour flight, the defendant repeatedly refused to wear a face mask despite being asked dozens of times by flight crew personnel.”
He has been charged with interfering with flight crew – a crime that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars.
My guess is that he thought that actions that would have passed with little notice during a football game were equally acceptable on an international flight.
No word on whether his job offer is still open.