JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A 34-year-old British man who is a resident of Playa del Carmen is facing U.S. federal charges of assaulting a crew member after a bizarre incident on a transatlantic flight from Cancun.
The man identified as Oliver Charles Halliday Gee allegedly threatened to kill other passengers, including a 3-year-old child, and exposed himself in the cabin, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing in Jacksonville, Fla., officials say.
The incident occurred on a Nov. 2 flight from Cancun to Frankfurt, Germany, court documents say.
Crew members on the Condor Airlines Boeing 767 told the captain they expected Gee to be a “problem passenger,” because he was acting aggressively and demanded to be served alcohol before the plane took off, the FBI said.
About 60-90 minutes into the flight, a crew member was told that Gee threatened to kill another passenger and had “threatened and intimidated a 3-year-old child,” the man’s federal indictment said.
While taking off his clothes and exposing himself to the other passengers, Gee announced he was going to urinate in the cabin, investigators said.
A crew member and passenger helped restrain Gee, attempting to escort the man to the lavatory. On the way, Gee allegedly slapped the crew member and assisting passenger twice each, the indictment said.
The captain was concerned that the altercation with Gee would escalate and because the majority of the flight was over the Atlantic Ocean, he decided to make an emergency landing in Jacksonville, officials said. Once the plane was on the ground, Gee was arrested by airport police.
He faces federal charges of assaulting a flight crew member. The charges carry up to 20 years in possible jail time if convicted.
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