Passenger in Salt Lake facing charges after Virgin Atlantic flight disruption

Aug 4, 2022, 11:00 AM
Virgin Atlantic passenger Salt Lake City International Airport...
FILE: A Virgin Atlantic flight traveling from London to Los Angeles made an unexpected stop in Salt Lake City Tuesday due to an unruly passenger. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)
(Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — A 39-year-old man described by Virgin Atlantic as a disruptive passenger is facing charges of assault and interfering with a flight crew.

The thirty-nine year old passenger was on Virgin Atlantic flight VS141. It has originated in London and bound for Los Angeles, but was diverted to Salt Lake City on July 26. He was met at Salt Lake City International Airport by police, who arrested him.

He was accused of assaulting a fellow passenger as well as crew members, before he was restrained on the plane. The airplane was delayed by four hours but eventually in Los Angeles.

“We always want our customers to have the best experience when they fly with us and our cabin crew are highly trained to deal with any individuals that may impact that experience for others,” Virgin Atlantic said in a statement.

The 39-year-old has pleaded not guilty, and is being detained as a possible flight risk.

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