I wrote at the weekend about another United plane diversion. This time as a result of a disruptive passenger who apparently demanded nuts or crackers about 10 minutes after take off, and he wasn’t given a second serving became abusive. This caused the captain to dump 50,000 litres of fuel and to divert to Belfast. (I mean they weren’t even warm nuts that he wanted.)
The passengers spent a miserable night on the floor of the airport.
Of course, the disruptive passenger could have been hungry after the three hour delay at Rome I suppose.
Jeremiah Mathias Thede, 42, an American citizen with an address of The Alameda, Berkley, California, was arrested and appeared before magistrates on Monday. He was remanded and will appear by video link next week, presumably to make a second bail application.
The BBC has some handheld video of Mr. Thede being removed on this page. He seems calm at this point.