Man accused of urinating on floor of plane en route to North Carolina

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Jordan Gardner

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A man was arrested on Sunday morning after allegedly urinating on the floor of a plane en route to Charlotte from San Francisco.

Jordan Gardner, 28, of Ludlow, Ky., faces a criminal complaint of destruction of aircraft, according to court documents obtained by the Charlotte Observer.

The incident happened about one hour into a red-eye American Airlines flight. An affidavit filed by the FBI said Gardner pulled down his pants, arched his back and urinated on the floor of the plane.

The passenger sitting next to Gardner summoned a flight attendant, who saw Gardner pulling up his pants, court documents said.

The flight attendant sent Gardner to the bathroom, but after 15 minutes he had not come out. When the flight attendant opened the door, she found him lying on the floor.

Gardner told Charlotte-Mecklenburg police he had “only” two double-shots of vodka at the San Francisco Airport before the flight, according to the Observer. Police reported they could smell alcohol on his breath 11 hours after the flight took off.

The FBI said Gardner has a multistate criminal history, with charges and arrests for battery, trespassing, auto theft, passing worthless checks, being under the influence and vandalism.

Gardner is being detained at the Mecklenburg County Jail pending a hearing on Thursday.