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Being a jerk on a flight really could cost you.

Jordi Lippe-McGraw
April 27, 2016

One man’s aggressive mid-flight yoga session landed him with some not-so-zen consequences. Back in March, Hyongtae Pae was arrested for yelling and threatening to kill fellow passengers after refusing to sit down during the in-flight meal service because he wanted to meditate and do yoga in the back instead. It was revealed on Monday that he will have to pay $43,600 restitution to United Airlines.

At the time of the incident, the Japan-bound flight was forced to return to Hawaii after Pae attempted to head-butt and bite a number of passengers. He was consequently taken into custody and prevented from leaving the island until Monday, when a judge allowed Pae to return home to South Korea. The reason for the release, the defense attorney argued, was that the unruly passenger couldn’t afford to stay in Honolulu and needed medication.

The yogi has to return for sentencing in July, but already pleaded guilty last week to interfering with a flight crew and is expected to be sentenced to about 12 days' time served. That’s on top of the more than $43,000 he’s forced to pay the airline for his mid-flight exercise.

That’ll teach him to nama-stay in his seat. 

Jordi Lippe-McGraw is a contributing digital reporter at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @WellTraveler.

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