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Canadian man arrested in US for disturbing flight crew on outbound Ohio flight

A Canadian man is facing charges in the U.S. for allegedly interfering with crew members and attendants while on a flight from Ohio to Los Angeles.
This Thursday, March 16, 2017, file photo shows the interior of a commercial airliner at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Canadian man is facing charges in the U.S. for allegedly interfering with crew members and attendants while on a flight from Ohio to Los Angeles.

The FBI said in a statement issued Wednesday that 49-year-old Ian Stewart Smallwood of Ontario was taken into custody after the plane was diverted to Albuquerque. It was not immediately clear if Smallwood had an attorney.

The charge stems from Dec. 21. According to a criminal complaint made public this week, Smallwood was accused of being verbally belligerent during the flight.

He allegedly intimidated one of the flight attendants while she was preparing service in the galley at the front of the plane. Other passengers were also seen out of their seats, asking Smallwood to move out of the way and sit down.