A passenger on a Paris-to-New York flight has been accused of trying to punch the captain and grabbing his crotch.

The FBI says Mathias Guerrand-Hermes has been released on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond after appearing in federal court in Brooklyn on Wednesday. He is charged with interfering with flight crew members.

Guerrand-Hermes' attorney didn't immediately respond to an after-hours telephone message.

The court complaint says the commotion Tuesday on Air France Flight 008 began when Guerrand-Hermes sat on a female passenger's armrest and ignored orders to sit down.

The crew handcuffed Guerrand-Hermes until the plane landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

News reports have identified Guerrand-Hermes as an heir to the French luxury fashion house Hermes. The company says he isn't involved in its management.