Christopher Alexander Morgan, 38, of Phoenix, Arizona, United States was a Delta Air Lines first-class passenger on April 22, 2022. He flew home to Phoenix from Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Sitting in seat 1D, Morgan reclined his seat all the way back and refused to put on his seatbelt before the aircraft left the ground. He was uncooperative and would not comply with their instructions when two flight attendants told him that he needed to bring his seatback to the upright position for takeoff.
Morgan ordered an alcoholic beverage once the plane was in the air. He was served but when he ordered a second, a flight attendant offered him a non-alcoholic drink instead.
Because of this, Morgan called the flight attendant “f–” and “queer” and threw a glass of ice at the flight attendant. He also held the glass he was holding up to the face of the passenger sitting in seat 2G, who tried to intervene.
When the flight attendant to the galley to call the captain, Morgan got out of his seat, grabbed the telephone from the flight attendant and used the telephone to hit the flight attendant in the chest. Once the flight landed at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents met the plane and interviewed Morgan.
Morgan told the FBI agents that the Delta Air Lines flight attendant was homosexual, which made him uncomfortable. He said that he is homophobic and his homophobia may have caused his temper towards the flight attendant to escalate.
The Phoenix resident admitted calling the flight attendant a “queer” but denied assaulting touching a telephone during the flight. He was arrested and charged with interference with flight crew members or attendants.
On April 25, 2022, Morgan made his initial court appearance. On May 3, 2022, he is expected to attend the preliminary hearing.