An American citizen travelling from Chicago to London has found himself making an unplanned visit to the Gander lockup.
Just after midnight Saturday night the Gander RCMP received a compliant from Gander International Airport that an American Airlines Boeing 777 en route from Chicago to London was making an emergency landing due to an unruly passenger.
Passengers were told the plane would be touching down in Gander, Newfoundland – one of the most eastern airports in North America and the last opportunity to stop before a flight heads out across the Atlantic.
Airline spokesperson Kent Powell said that upon arrival in Gander, the man was handed over to authorities. Mr Powell declined to give further details on what the passenger had done to force the plane to land.
AA Flight 86 had left Chicago at 6pm local time yesterday and was due to arrive in Heathrow at 4am this morning.
Mr Powell said last night that it was being refuelled in Gander before heading back out on its way to Heathrow.