An Australian woman is facing 21 years behind bars in the United States after she was found guilty of slapping and yelling at an airline crew member on a flight from Melbourne to Los Angeles.
Adau Akui Atem Mornyang, 24, of Victoria, was arrested and charged with felony interference with flight crew and one count of misdemeanour assault after flight UA99 landed in LA on January 21.
Ms Mornyang was accused of becoming intoxicated during her flight and verbally and physically abusing at least one member of the crew, as well as other passengers, according to a statement from the United States Department of Justice.
According to evidence shared at her trial, Ms Mornyang became disruptive several hours into the 14-hour flight from Melbourne.
She began to flail her arms and yell obscenities, including racial slurs.
A flight attendant approached Ms Mornyang about her disruptive behaviour but she reportedly kept yelling and slapped him across the face.
Her behaviour led to Ms Mornyang being restrained by federal air marshalls on-board the United flight.
They stayed with the Victorian woman in the rear galley of the plane until the flight landed safety at Los Angeles International Airport.
Ms Mornyang will now face a sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for June 24. She faces a maximum penalty of 21 years in a federal prison, according the Department of Justice.