A California man was arrested early Friday morning on allegations he disrupted a commercial air flight and caused it to divert.

Gregory Meyer, 47, of Studio City, was arrested by the FBI after committing a disturbance on a JetBlue flight, according to the United States Attorney's Office District of Colorado and the FBI.

Meyer was scheduled to appear in federal court in Denver on Friday afternoon.

Meyer was on JetBlue Flight 358, from Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Calif., to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, when the alleged incident unfolded.

"Because of Meyer's assaultive behavior, and his failure to obey flight attendants," the plane was diverted to Denver International Airport, the release said.

Denver police met the plane when it landed and Meyer was held and placed in federal custody.

"Court records indicate that Meyer smelled of alcohol and was loud when he boarded the flight," the release said.

He allegedly stroked one female passenger's arm, grabbed her waist and tried to grab her hand. He also allegedly "grabbed the head of another female passenger who was seated in front of him."

Flight attendants refused to serve Meyer alcohol "because he was visibly drunk from vodka he brought on board," the release said.

Investigators found that Meyer took an Ambien sleeping pill.

Meyer faces two counts of simple assault by offensive touching, among other possible charges.


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