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Violent passenger forces flight from Mexico to Germany to be diverted

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - NOVEMBER 27: Delta planes stack up for take-off and are proceed through the Salt Lake City international Airport on November 27, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  A wintry storm system that is covering much of the nation is threatening to wreak havoc on holiday travel . (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - NOVEMBER 27: Delta planes stack up for take-off and are proceed through the Salt Lake City international Airport on November 27, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah. A wintry storm system that is covering much of the nation is threatening to wreak havoc on holiday travel . (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)  (2013 Getty Images)

Authorities say a plane traveling from Mexico to Germany was diverted to Florida after a passenger attacked several people and threatened others.

A U.S. attorney's office news release says 34-year-old Oliver Charles Halliday Gee, a British national who lives in Mexico, was arrested after an emergency landing Wednesday at Jacksonville International Airport. He was charged with assault or intimidation of a flight crew and faces up to 20 years in prison.

A criminal complaint says Gee began demanding alcohol before the flight took off in Cancun. It says that an hour later Gee threatened another passenger and intimidated a child. After exposing himself and threatening to urinate in the cabin, an airline employee and another passenger tried to escort Gee to the lavatory, and he slapped and threatened them.

Court records didn't list an attorney for Gee.

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