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California man indicted in Oklahoma for disrupting flight

Delta airlines
Posted at 12:16 PM, Mar 10, 2022

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Los Angeles man has been indicted in Oklahoma on federal charges he disrupted a flight from Arlington, Virginia, to Los Angeles, forcing it to divert to Oklahoma City.

Court records show 45-year-old Ariel James Pennington is charged with interfering with a flight attendant and assaulting a federal air marshal.

Pennington pleaded not guilty during a Wednesday court appearance.

His attorney did not answer a phone call seeking comment. Pennington was arrested Dec. 9 after the Delta Airlines flight landed in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City police said at the time that Pennington was disorderly and intoxicated.