Southwest flight makes emergency landing after passenger allegedly plays unwanted game of 'footsie'

(FOX News) -- A Southwest flight was diverted after a Texas man on board played an unwanted game of "footsie" with a female passenger sitting next to him and got into a confrontation with the flight crew, authorities said.

Justin Riley Brafford, 29, remains in federal custody in New Mexico and faces felony interference with a flight crew and a misdemeanor assault charge, the Dallas Morning News reported. Brafford and the woman, identified only as M.W., were seated next to each other on Southwest Flight 859 from Los Angeles to Dallas when he allegedly put his arm on her leg as the plane readied for takeoff, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque.


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Authorities said the woman leaned away but Brafford got closer and began trying to play “footsie” with her. An FBI report said M.W. told Brafford to stop kicking and bothering her, and that he asked her to go out after the flight, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

Brafford allegedly responded to her by whispering "don’t [expletive] with me." When M.W. moved to a new seat Brafford tried going over to the woman with a drink. A flight attendant spoke to him, causing him to go from "zero to sixty in nano-seconds,” the complaint said.

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