Disruptive passenger causes JetBlue flight to divert to Denver International Airport

Man arrested, charged with assault

DENVER - A JetBlue flight from California to New York was diverted early Friday after flight attendants reported that a drunk, disruptive passenger was trying to fondle women sitting close to him.

Gregory Meyer, age 47, of Studio City, Calif., was arrested in Denver and is scheduled to appear in federal court Friday afternoon. He was charged with two counts of assault and is expected to be released on bond, the attorney general's office said.

JetBlue Flight 358 was en route from Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Calif., to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City when the captain of the flight decided to divert the plane to Denver.  Meyer was met by Denver police officers, placed in federal custody and transported to the Denver city jail.

The U.S. attorney general said Meyer smelled of alcohol and was loud when he boarded the flight.

He stroked one female passenger's arm and grabbed her waist and tried to grab her hand, court records state.  She was seated next to him but across the aisle. 

Meyer also grabbed the head of another female passenger who was seated in front of him,  according to the criminal complaint.

Flight attendants said they did not serve Meyer alcohol because he was visibly drunk from vodka he brought on board and he failed to obey their instructions.

Law enforcement found out later Meyer also took an Ambien sleeping pill. 

Meyer faces up to 6 months imprisonment, and up to a $5,000 fine per count.

This case was investigated by the FBI with assistance from the Denver Police Department.

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