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Flight diverted due to unruly passenger

December 17, 2008 6:57:17 AM PST
An unruly passenger forced a flight from New York City to Burbank to land in Utah on Monday night.The passenger says he was mistreated after he became sick from choking on his food, but the crew says he was creating a safety problem.

"Some of his activities included running up and down the aisles, opening and closing the overhead bins, shouting at the flight attendants, making a statement that he had shot people in Lebanon," said one official.

The man, identified as Shalom Yarimo, was arrested for interfering with a flight crew, and he is expected in a federal courtroom on Wednesday.

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