A man has been arrested for assaulting several flight attendants and and disrupting an international flight from Mexico to Germany.
The passenger on the international flight forced the plane to make an emergency landing at Jacksonville International Airport, Florida, USA on Wednesday.
Oliver Charlie Halliday Gee was reportedly unruly prior to the arrest and prevented several flight attendants from doing their job because he was hurling insults and obscenities and other passengers.
The 34-year-old Mexican, nearly 90 minutes into the flight, threatened to kill another passenger, hurt a 3-year-old and then removing his clothes to expose his genital. The charging affidavit from the FBI says it seemed like he was about to urinate in the plane’s cabin.
It was at this point that a passenger who said he was skilled in martial arts stepped in to help get Gee to the bathroom got slapped several times across the face with an open hand. A flight attendant was slapped twice as well – once in the face and once in the thigh, both times with an open hand, the charging affidavit says.
Gee was eventually subdued by the flight attendant and the passenger trained in martial arts. He was removed from his seat just before the flight touched down at the airport.
The charging affidavit mentions that the crew was worried about keeping Gee on the flight, because it was from Cancun to Frankfurt and most of it would take place over water. They weren’t sure they would be able to stop and get the man off the plane while over the Atlantic Ocean.
Gee was taken into custody by Jacksonville Aviation Authority Police and is charged with assault or intimidation of a flight crew. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.