Man accused of airline assault was allegedly drunk on flight

A British Airways passenger who forced an unexpected landing in Boston this week was drunk on the flight before assaulting a woman and then urinating on the floor and seats of the plane, prosecutors alleged Thursday.

Darren Halliwell, 46, of Aspell, England, was ordered held in lieu of $5,000 bail after he was arraigned in East Boston Municipal Court, where he was charged with disrupting the operation of an aircraft, disorderly conduct, and assault and battery, according to the office of Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.

Prosecutors said Halliwell began acting aggressively toward flight attendants and a 14-year-old fellow passenger aboard British Airways Flight 195 on Wednesday, Conley’s office said.


Halliwell is also accused of hitting the woman he was traveling with when she tried to calm him.

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The flight from London was scheduled to land in Houston, but instead stopped at Logan International Airport to get Halliwell off the plane.

When Massachusetts State Police escorted him off the flight at about noon Wednesday, prosecutors said, Halliwell was stumbling and speaking incoherently.

If Halliwell posts bail, he would be required to remain alcohol-free and stay away from both the airport and the woman he was traveling with, Conley’s office said.

His next scheduled court hearing is on July 29.

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