Jeremiah Mathis Thede, 42, from Berkeley, California, appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court was charged with endangering the safety of an aircraft, disruptive behaviour on board an aircraft and common assault.
Objecting to bail, Constable William Robinson of Belfast International Airport Constabulary said a United Airlines flight from Rome to Chicago was flying Northwest of Scotland on Saturday when the pilot decided to divert to Belfast because of Thede's behaviour.


The police officer said the pilot had to dump 50,000 litres of fuel so the plane could land safely and the cost of the diversion was between 300,000-350,000 pounds, the media reported.

Thede, who was taken off the plane and into custody, appeared in the dock wearing a grey sweatshirt and bottoms.The accused was appeased by staff but returned to ask for more snacks and was told he could get some more if there were any left after other passengers got some

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The police officer alleged Thede then said, "I can have as much...nuts or crackers as I want" and the cabin crew member "felt threatened".


Thede's lawyer said his client denies wrongdoing. He was remanded in custody to appear before the court by video link next week. Many of the 282 passengers spent the night at Belfast airport before flying on to Chicago on Sunday.

 

 

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