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September 3, 2013 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59A plane was forced to divert after a loud drunk reeking of alcohol lurched around the cabin and ran his hands over two female passengers, officials said.

The man’s groping, his refusal to obey flight attendants and the fact he had brought a bottle of vodka on board led to the pilot making an emergency diversion, reports added.

The JetBlue flight was heading from Burbank, California to New York, but was forced to divert to Denver, where the man was arrested, the US Attorney’s Office in Colorado stated. 250x250TICBanner

The incident follows other examples of unseemly behaviour on aircraft and in airports, including an airport incident in which a drunken passenger punched a United Airlines pilot and knocked him to the ground.

In the latest case, the US Attorney’s Office confirmed that Gregory Meyer, 47, of Studio City, California, “was arrested early this morning by the FBI after committing a disturbance on a JetBlue flight”.

Meyer is charged with two counts of simple assault by offensive touching of two passengers on Jet Blue flight 358, en route from Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, New York.

“Court records indicate that Meyer smelled of alcohol and was loud when he boarded the flight,” in an issued statement said.

“He stroked one female passenger’s arm and grabbed her waist and tried to grab her hand.  She was seated next to him but across the aisle.  Meyer also grabbed the head of another female passenger who was seated in front of him.  Flight attendants did not serve Meyer alcohol because he was visibly drunk from vodka he brought on board.  Law enforcement found out later Meyer also took an Ambien sleeping pill.”

If convicted over the incident, Meyer faces up six months jail and a fine of up to USD 5000 fine on each of the assault charges.

The New York Daily News cited jail records showing that Meyer has since been handed over to US marshals.

The Attorney’s office issued a reminder:  “The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.”

Written by : Peter Needham

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