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British Airways Flight Diverts to Boston Following Alleged Assault Onboard

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | July 09, 2015

British Airways Flight Diverts to Boston Following Alleged Assault Onboard

A British Airways flight traveling from London to Houston was forced to divert to Boston on Wednesday afternoon after an unruly passenger caused a disturbance, according to WHDH 7 in Boston.

Flight 195 landed safely at Boston's Logan International Airport shortly after 12 p.m. ET Wednesday and was met by Massachusetts State Police at the airport's international terminal, according to their official Twitter account.

The unruly passenger was an intoxicated male who allegedly began assaulting his wife during the flight. The man had to be restrained by as many as four other passengers who intervened. The man, identified as 48-year-old British citizen Darren Halliwell, was arrested and escorted off the plane by police. He was subsequently transported to the State Police barracks at Logan airport.

"I saw a crying woman and then when we stopped in Boston, there were police men who came on board," passenger Shelby Roberts told KTRK 13 in Houston. 

State Police said Halliwell is expected to be arraigned in East Boston District Court on Thursday. He was charged with interfering with a flight crew, however other charges could still be brought against him. 

The airline later issued a statement regarding the incident. 

"Our customers and crews deserve to enjoy their flights, and not to suffer any form of abuse," said British Airways in a statement. "This sort of behaviour will not be tolerated, and the Captain took the decision to divert the aircraft to Boston as a precaution."

After Halliwell's removal, the flight continued on to its final destination in Houston. KTRK 13 reports the man's wife remained on the flight. 

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