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(LOS ANGELES) -- A Hawaii man could face up to 20 years in federal prison after authorities said he threatened to kill several flight attendants and claimed to have a bomb while on board a British Airways flight from London to Los Angeles.
FBI agents arrested Kevin Mosele, of Kihei, Hawaii, at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday and charged him with interference with a flight crew, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
According to the arrest affidavit, Mosele, 20, told FBI agents he had several drinks during a nine-hour layover in London before boarding his Los Angeles-bound flight. After he was approached about his behavior about two hours into the flight, Mosele threatened several flight attendants, saying, "I am going to f****** kill you," "I am going to open this door," and "I am going to set off a bomb."
A flight attendant who tried calming Mosele said his eyes were bloodshot and he "seemed to be intoxicated," according to the affidavit. Another flight attendant found two small wine bottles and two small whiskey bottles near Mosele's seat. Neither bottle was sold on the flight, the flight attendant told FBI agents.
When the plane's captain warned Mosele about his behavior, he mocked him, saying, "Ooo, El Capitan, can I pretend to be a stewardess?" a passenger told the FBI, according to the affidavit. The passenger added that Mosele dared the captain to divert the flight, saying, "You won't land for just one person."
Four flight attendants later handcuffed and restrained Mosele. He struggled despite being handcuffed and spit on two of the flight attendants, saying, "You better let me out or I am going to kill you and open the aircraft door," and, "I will find you on Facebook and kill you," according to the affidavit.
He admitted to threatening the flight attendants and cursing at them, saying he just went "crazy" when he was restrained, according to the affidavit.
Mosele allegedly apologized while speaking with FBI agents, saying, "It's all my fault," and, "I'm mad at myself."
He also told FBI agents he had been talking and joking with the female flight attendants before he was approached about his behavior, according to the affidavit.
Mosele appeared in federal court Tuesday, where he was freed on $10,000 bond. His arraignment was scheduled for Aug. 4.
ABC News could not immediately reach Mosele for comment Wednesday evening.
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