AN arrest warrant has been issued for an American airline passenger who was taken off a transatlantic flight after it was diverted to Glasgow Airport following take-off from London.
Joshua Magnuson, 27, of Washington, Illinois, was charged with assault, breach of the peace, wilful and reckless conduct and acting in a racially-aggravated manner after his arrest on May 5.
When he failed to turn up for trial at Paisley Sheriff Court after previously lodging not guilty pleas, Sheriff Desmond McCaffrey granted a warrant for his arrest.
Defence agent John McElroy told the court his client had been in touch with his office to say he would be available to attend court at the end of November.
Sheriff McCaffrey granted a warrant after depute fiscal John Gildea said this was unacceptable.
Magnuson is alleged to have conducted himself in a disorderly manner onboard the flight from London to Chicago by persistently shouting and swearing and committing a breach of the peace.
It is also alleged that he wilfully and recklessly destroyed or damaged seat-back LCD screens and assaulted policewoman Pamela Dickson in the execution of her duties by spitting on her.
The fourth charge claims that he acted in a racially-aggravated manner which caused, or was intended to cause, alarm and distress to crew members and passengers on the aircraft by uttering racist remarks.