Unruly passenger causes Bangor flight diversion

Posted Jan. 25, 2011, at 9:37 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — An Allegiant flight from Bangor to St. Petersburg, Fla., was diverted to Norfolk, Va., Monday afternoon when a male passenger became belligerent after being asked to put out an electronic cigarette, according to media reports and an aviation trade publication.

The passenger reportedly was taken into police custody. His name, age, hometown and details surrounding the incident weren’t available Monday evening.

According to the Aviation Herald and Norfolk-based WVEC-TV, the Allegiant McDonnell Douglas MD-82 Flight G4-875 from Bangor to St. Petersburg was near Norfolk International Airport when the crew decided to divert the flight and have the passenger removed shortly after 1 p.m.

The airplane continued the flight and reached Clearwater International Airport in St. Petersburg after a delay of about 2½ hours.