Violent British passenger forces diversion

A mid-air meltdown forced a LA-bound flight from London to divert.

UK national William Stephen Hayes, 39, was arrested on suspicion of being violent and unruly on an international flight, after attempting to kick the windows of the aircraft

He was also ‘disruptive, threatening and abusive to other passengers.’

The flight was diverted to Salt Lake City.

Hayes is being held in a Salt Lake County jail, police said, and faces various federal charges.

Hayes also spat on and attempted to bite a passenger, court documents revealed.

“At one point during the flight, Hayes assaulted a male passenger seated in front of him, grabbing the passenger’s shirt, attempting to hit him, and grabbing his throat”

After beings subdued by flight crew and a passenger, he was placed in handcuffs.

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