SAN ANTONIO — A judge has ordered a mental evaluation of a Florida man accused of smoking on a commercial flight and prompting an unscheduled landing in Texas.
The FBI in San Antonio says Manolin Jesus Villaverde of Miami was arrested Jan. 24 and charged with interfering with flight crew members. He faces a bail hearing Feb. 14.
The San Antonio Express-News reported Thursday that a magistrate this week approved a defense request for the psychiatric evaluation.
Investigators say Villaverde tried to smoke — twice — on Continental Flight 1287 from Houston to Ontario, Calif., and became unruly. Other passengers helped a flight attendant subdue Villaverde.
The jet landed in San Antonio, Villaverde was removed and the plane continued on to California.