US plane's route was diverted because a naked man urinated in the aisle


An American Airlines flight was diverted this week after officials said a 25-year-old man urinated naked in a plane aisle during the flight.
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  • A 25-year-old man urinated naked in the aisle of an American Airlines flight, according to law enforcement agencies.
  • The man was arrested July 3 and charged with disorderly conduct, officials said.
  • The incident is the latest in a long list of unruly incidents involving passengers on commercial flights.

An American Airlines flight was diverted this week after officials said a 25-year-old man urinated naked in a plane aisle during the flight.

The Oregon man was arrested and charged with indecent exposure following Wednesday's incident, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York.

American Airlines Flight 3921, operated by Envoy Air, was flying from Chicago to Manchester, New Hampshire, on July 3, the airline told Business Insider in a statement.

According to the attorney's office, crew members on board the plane later told authorities that the man had urinated in the aisle while naked, causing the plane to be diverted from its original destination to Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

American Airlines said local police were called to the gate and the man was taken into custody. The plane departed again shortly after.

An airline spokesperson said: “We thank our team members for their professionalism and our customers for their understanding.”

The man appeared in court Wednesday and was released on his own recognizance, according to the attorney's office. The charge he faces carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Wednesday's incident is the latest in a growing list of unruly passenger incidents on commercial flights, which have increased since the pandemic began.

In December, a passenger on an Air New Zealand flight was fined for urinating in a cup during a delayed deplaning. In 2023, a 21-year-old student was banned from future American Airlines flights after urinating on another passenger.

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