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Men accused of forcing Southwest Flight 1522 to land appeared in court

Amarillo, TX - The six men accused of forcing a Southwest Airlines flight to make an unexpected landing in Amarillo appeared in court Wednesday.

The men from California appeared in Amarillo federal court on the charges of interfering with a flight crew. The judge ruled they could be released on bond which was set at $10,000 per person.

Conditions were set along with their release from the Randall County Jail. They are able to go back to California but can only travel in the Southern District, and to and from Amarillo. They are also able to fly but cannot fly Southwest. The Federal Aviation Administration is clear in their regulations about how not to treat the flight crew and the penalties that could result.

The FAA says if someone's actions interfere with a flight crew doing their job by assaulting or intimidating a crew member the person can be sentenced to no more than 20 years in prison and/or can be given fines.

The men are expected to appear back in court for a preliminary examination hearing on September 14th and there is no word on whether they will enter a plea at that time. 

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