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Man Arrested For Exposing Himself And Urinating in Aisle of American Airlines Flight From Chicago O’Hare

Man Arrested For Exposing Himself And Urinating in Aisle of American Airlines Flight From Chicago O’Hare

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A 25-year-old man has been arrested after he allegedly exposed himself and then urinated in the aisle of an American Airlines flight from Chicago O’Hare on Wednesday morning.

The flight from Chicago to Manchester, New Hampshire, which was operated by American Eagle on behalf of American Airlines ended up diverting to Buffalo Airport where the suspect was taken into custody.

Neil McCarthy of Portland has been charged with indecent exposure following his arrest on Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York. After appearing in court, McCarthy was released on his own recognizance pending a trial.

According to a criminal affidavit filed in federal court, McCarthy was traveling from Portland to Manchester with a layover in Chicago. Before boarding both flights, McCarthy says he had some ‘Jack and Cokes’ and even more during the flight to Manchester.

At some point during the flight, McCarthy says he got up to use the restroom and when he was walking back to his seat he was ‘flicking the bean’ because he has a medical urination problem.

A flight attendant on the flight told local law enforcement that McCarthy had exposed himself and urinated in the aisle of the small Embraer regional jet.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), there have so far been 893 reports of unruly airline passenger behavior made to federal authorities since the start of the year.

With over half of the year already gone, unruly passenger numbers are set to drop in 2024 compared to 2023 when more than 2,000 reports were received.

In addition to criminal prosecution, like many unruly passengers, McCarthy also faces the threat of the FAA pursuing civil financial penalties. In 2023, the FAA levied more than $7.5 million in fines against unruly passengers.

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