updated 6/26/2008 1:49:09 PM ET 2008-06-26T17:49:09

A passenger on an American Airlines flight from Texas to North Carolina has been charged after authorities say he got drunk, grabbed a flight attendant's buttocks and threw ice at other passengers.

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Jacob Kline, whose hometown was not listed on federal court documents filed Tuesday, was flying Tuesday on an American Airlines flight from Dallas to Charlotte.

An affidavit from an FBI agent says Kline's behavior led the pilot to request expedited clearance and a quick descent to land.

Kline was flying with his wife and two children and was sitting next to one of them when he began drinking rum-and-Cokes and became disruptive, according to the affidavit.

When flight attendants refused to give him a fourth drink, he took a cup of ice and began throwing it at other passengers. He was also accused of moving around the plane, using profanity and whistling.

Flight attendants repeatedly tried to get him to behave, and he grabbed one of them. A passenger described as "very large in size" helped the flight crew by sitting next to Kline, telling him to be quiet and sit still.

Kline was charged with being intoxicated and disruptive in public and resisting a public officer. It was not immediately known if he had an attorney.

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