Utah man charged after razor blade held to another passenger's throat on flight

A Utah man accused of holding a straight-edge razor near another passenger's throat on a New York City-to-Salt Lake City flight has been charged with assault,

A Utah man accused of holding a straight-edge razor near another passenger's throat on a New York City-to-Salt Lake City flight has been charged with assault, authorities said.

He was charged Tuesday with assault with a dangerous weapon on or near aircraft and carrying a weapon on a flight, prosecutors with the U.S. Justice Department’s District of Utah office said.

Merrill Darrell Fackrell, 41, of Syracuse, Utah, a northern suburb of Salt Lake City, was assigned counsel from a federal public defender's office, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Officials say he boarded a flight at John F. Kennedy International Airport with a concealed straight-edge razor marketed to barbers.

The incident happened Monday, at the start of one of the busiest travel weeks of the year, with AAA expecting more than 53.4 million people to leave home for Thanksgiving.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/utah-man-charged-razor-blade-held-another-passengers-throat-flight-rcna58718


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