A Paris-bound flight was forced to divert course after a passenger began yelling, slapped a flight attendant and threw up on the aircraft.
The Delta Airlines flight took off from Indianapolis for the French Capitol at around 6pm on Thursday night when passenger Ian Robert James Morin started yelling and “acting erratically”, the Detroit News reported.
“Morin hit one of the flight attendants with an open hand to the left side of her throat near her carotid artery,” said a special agent assigned to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.
“Morin continued to yell and attempted to hit the flight attendant again. During the altercation, Morin threw up on the aircraft.”
Crew members and passengers managed to restrain Morin while the flight was Diverted to Detroit where Morin was taken into custody.
Delta Airlines told Travel Weekly the remaining passengers were removed from the plane and put up in hotels overnight before being assigned a new flight the next morning.
Morin was charged in federal court in Detroit for interfering with flight crew members and attendants, which could see him sent to prison for up to 20 years. He has since been released on $10,000 unsecured bond.