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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 4, 2016

British National Arrested At Jacksonville Airport For Assault On International Flight Crew

Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the filing of a federal criminal complaint charging Oliver Charles Halliday Gee (34, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico), with assault or intimidation of a flight crew. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. Gee made his initial appearance in federal court in Jacksonville yesterday. He was ordered temporarily detained until his formal detention hearing, which has been scheduled for November 7, 2016.

According to the criminal complaint, on November 2, 2016, Gee was a passenger on Condor flight 2115 traveling from Cancun, Mexico, to Frankfurt, Germany. Before takeoff, Gee demanded to be served alcohol and was behaving aggressively. Approximately 60-90 minutes into the flight, Gee threatened to kill another passenger aboard the flight and threatened and intimidated a three-year-old child. Gee proceeded to insult flight attendants aboard the flight and at one point began removing his clothes, exposing his penis. 

Gee announced his intention to urinate in the flight cabin and was escorted to the lavatory by the flight’s purser and a passenger who volunteered to assist. While being escorted, Gee slapped both the purser and the volunteer passenger. Gee also threatened to kill the volunteer passenger and stated that he knew people in Mexico who would kill the volunteer passenger for him.

Ultimately, the purser and volunteer passenger were able to restrain Gee in a seat and the flight was diverted to Jacksonville International Airport for an emergency landing. After the plane landed, Gee was arrested and taken into custody by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The plane was then refueled and continued to its destination.

A criminal complaint is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Laura Cofer Taylor.

Updated November 4, 2016