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JetBlue passenger arrested for disorderly conduct after talking back to the crew

Joseph Gallagher, 35, was charged with disorderly conduct, disorderly intoxication, and interfering with the operation of an aircraft after his flight on Saturday.

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A Massachusetts man was arrested after allegedly causing a disturbance on board his JetBlue flight on Saturday.

Joseph Gallagher, 35, was charged with disorderly conduct, disorderly intoxication, and interfering with the operation of an aircraft during the flight from Boston to Fort Myers, Florida, according to arrest records with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

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The disturbance reportedly began when the crew of the flight refused Gallagher’s request for alcohol, according to WCVB. He used vulgar language when it goes back to a flight attendant, who then asked him to mitigate his curse, and aggressive behavior.

Gallagher then shot back, reportedly saying, “What are you going to do? Turn this plane around and go back to Boston?”

The passenger continued to curse after being taken in the police, when they are guided by the terminal.

Gallagher also conflicting reports about his drinking, telling a supervisor that he did not drink, and another that he had only a drink, according to Florida’s News. In the official Lee County police report, Gallagher later admitted to drinking three beers prior to the flight and have a drink on the airplane to calm down the nerves about flying.

“It just takes the edge off before I fly,” he reportedly told the police.

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Gallagher was released after posting bond the same day. He is due back in court for arraignment in April, the News in the Press.

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