Unruly passenger diverts flight to Denver

Aug. 26, 2012 at 11:41 AM

DENVER, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- A United Airlines flight bound for Chicago from San Francisco was diverted to the Denver International Airport because of an unruly passenger, authorities said.

The flight landed at DIA at about 10:15 a.m. Saturday, The Denver Post reported.

Jenny Schiavone, a DIA spokeswoman, said she was unsure of what kind of disturbance was caused.

This was the second flight in a week to have to be diverted to Denver because of an unruly passenger, The Denver Post said.

On Aug. 19, a JetBlue flight from New York to Los Angeles, was diverted after a passenger, identified as Marcus Covington, 32, of Chicago, allegedly fondled a pregnant woman, officials said. He also allegedly threatened a flight attendant, other passengers and police officers after being taken off the plane.

Covington was charged with interference with a flight attendant and abusive sexual contact on an aircraft for the incident and has a trial date set for Oct. 15.

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