to Detroit from Dallas on February 1.
Investigators said he immediately put the fire out and then a short time later returned to the bathroom with a fire extinguisher and alerted other crew members.
After giving investigators several false stories, Tafoya-Montano eventually admitted starting the fire, the FBI said.
No one was injured in the fire and the plane landed safely without incident.
The 23-year-old flight attendant was charged with destruction of aircraft or aircraft facilities and making false statements.
He was released on bond under the condition he cannot board an aircraft without the court's permission.
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