Gravesend man charged after forcing British Airways plane detour in America

PUBLISHED: 12:21 12 April 2013 | UPDATED: 14:12 12 April 2013

Sean Jude Kelly

Sean Jude Kelly


A Gravesend holiday maker has been arrested and charged in America after his antics forced a plane to make an emergency detour.

Sean Jude Kelly, who works in the City, has been charged with aggravated assault and resisting an officer. He remains in custody in Orlando, Florida.

Mr Kelly, 31, was on a flight home from a holiday in Cancun, Mexico, when he allegedly became violent, started picking fights with other passengers and spitting at flight attendants.

The British Airways flight had to detour to Orlando where Mr Kelly was arrested by Orange County police.

Speaking on US television Mr Kelly said: “I had about a quarter bottle of vodka and don’t remember anything after that. Next thing I remember was being in the back of police car.”

Just a few hours earlier, Mr Kelly had tweeted a picture of himself holding a cocktail in Cancun and complaining that he had a “mad fear of flying” and might need to take some pills to help him get through the flight as it was the “only way to get through take off”.

It is being reported that Kelly could face anything from a fine to up to 20 years in prison for the alleged incident.

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