Lenny Mordarski was asleep in his seat when the passenger next to him started repeatedly stabbing him with a ballpoint pen because he was snoring.
After Lenny complained to the cabin crew the woman was taken off the flight from Chicago to Manchester in New Hampshire - causing a two-hour delay in the process.
When asked about the incident Lenny said: "Imagine being asleep and then being stung by bees, and then waking up and going 'owww'."
"She was smirking. I mean, she said zero at this point and all I wanted to do was not be sitting next to her."
For press asking for the photo here it is. pic.twitter.com/XRfSDlVCJh— Michael N Sutton (@MNS1974) April 16, 2015
Lenny confirmed he had some bruises from the incident, but he would not be pressing charges against the woman.
This is Lenny and I. I mean, who stabs Santa Claus?? Glad no kids were on southwest flight 577 pic.twitter.com/udM5HA7b0Y— Michael N Sutton (@MNS1974) April 16, 2015
As for the woman a South West Airlines official confirmed she was put onto a later flight.
The airline also said that Lenny and his travel companion were given free gin and tonics for the rest of the two-hour flight.
As the plane landed the flight attendant couldn't help but say: "Please keep your writing utensils to yourself and have a great day".
South West Airlines now plans to make a further gesture of goodwill towards Lenny.