Metro Airport / Credit Amy E. Powers

Man Arrested At Detroit Metro Airport After Causing Disturbance On Paris-Bound Flight

He allegedly hit a flight attendant before vomiting

June 14, 2019 - 4:25 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - An Indiana man is facing federal charges after allegedly causing a disturbance and striking an attendant on a Paris-bound flight from Indianapolis.

A five-page complaint filed in federal court in Detroit charges Ian Robert James Morin with interference with flight crew members and flight attendants, forcing pilots to divert the aircraft to Detroit Metro Airport. 

An FBI agent involved in the case said the 21-year-old passenger began yelling and acting erratically about 40 minutes into Delta Air Lines Flight 500 Thursday night. As the crew tried to calm him down, the situation took a violent turn. 

"Morin hit one of the flight attendants with an open hand to the left side of her throat near her carotid artery," the agent said, according to court documents. "Morin continued to yell and attempted to hit the flight attendant again. During the altercation, Morin threw up on the aircraft."

There's no indication at this time why he started acting up.

Other airline employees and passengers helped restrain Morin until the flight landed at Metro Airport just after 8 p.m. and Morin was arrested. 

The aircraft needed to be cleaned following the incident, which further delayed the flight until Friday morning. 

Morin was released on $10,000 unsecured bond and is scheduled to appear in court for another hearing on July 3. Interfering with flight crew members and attendants is a federal crime punishable by up to 20 years.