United Airlines Flight Arrives in Chicago After 30-Hour Delay Due to Unruly Passenger

Passengers aboard a United Airlines flight from Rome arrived in Chicago, June 21, 2015, following a 30-hour delay due to an unruly passenger. (PHOTO CREDIT: WLS)
Passengers aboard a United Airlines flight from Rome arrived in Chicago, June 21, 2015, following a 30-hour delay due to an unruly passenger. (PHOTO CREDIT: WLS)

Passengers aboard a United Airlines flight from Rome to Chicago finally reached their destination late Sunday after enduring a 30-hour delay because of an unruly passenger.

United Flight 971 arrived at O’Hare International Airport more than a day behind schedule.

The plane had been diverted to Belfast International Airport on Saturday because of an unruly passenger, said United Airlines official Karen May.

The passenger, a 42-year-old dual American and Italian national, is set to appear in court today. He was to be charged with disruptive behavior on board an aircraft and common assault, according to the Belfast International Airport Constabulary.

Passengers said they expected the flight to resume soon after the unruly passenger was removed from the flight.

“At first, everybody just kept looking back, so you’re, like, on an airplane and that’s kind of unnerving when you don’t know what’s going on with the guy, like, kicking people,” a passenger told reporters. “Once you figured out that it was just a guy who wasn’t all there, it wasn’t as bad.”

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SOURCE: ABC News, Alex Perez, The Associated Press

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