Man On Flight From SFO Charged In Disturbance

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SAN FRANCISCO INT’L AIRPORT (AP) — A man traveling from the Bay Area to South Florida faces a federal charge following a disturbance this week on a JetBlue flight.

The FBI reports that 45-year-old Kevin Theodore Simon was flying Monday from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Authorities say Simon became upset when he wasn’t allowed to buy a headset with cash. When flight attendants later decided he seemed intoxicated, they refused to sell him an alcoholic drink.

Authorities say Simon then demanded an apology after a flight attendant dropped something on his shoulder. They say he threatened the flight crew and repeatedly shouted, “I will take this plane down.”

The pilot diverted the plane to Salt Lake City, where Simon was arrested.

Simon has been charged with interference with a flight crew. He’s scheduled to be arraigned in Utah’s U.S. District Court on Feb. 3. It wasn’t immediately known if Simon had an attorney.

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