Dante Bencivenga, 58, was arrested on Thursday after allegedly peeing all over the floor and toilet of a Spirit Airlines flight. (Lee County Sheriff's Office)
A belligerent Spirit Airlines passenger was arrested at the Southwest Florida International Airport after allegedly urinating all over the lavatory floor a flight from Fort Myers to Michigan while intoxicated.
Dante Bencivenga, of Fort Myers, Fla., was charged with disorderly intoxication and trespassing on Thursday. He has also been banned from returning to the Southwest Florida International Airport for a year, reports WBBH-TV.
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An attendant had reportedly smelled alcohol on Bencivenga, 58, before he had even boarded the plane, and while he was sleeping near the gate. Shortly after Bencivenga was boarded, flight attendants learned that he had urinated all over the carpet and toilet in one of the airplane’s lavatories while waiting for the flight to take off, and they asked him to leave the aircraft, the Associated Press reported.
Once back at the gate, Bencivenga cursed out the gate agent, who subsequently called in the airport police. He was rebooked on another flight scheduled for Friday, but refused to leave the concourse and continued to cause a disruption in the terminal.
He was also adamant that he wasn’t intoxicated, and demanded that the responding officer administer a breathalyzer test, which the officer refused, according to WBBH.
Spirit's flight crew removed Bencivenga from the aircraft, but he continued to act belligerently once back at the gate, flight attendants say. (Reuters)
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Bencivenga was ultimately arrested after telling the officer to “go ahead and put the bracelets on me,” because “I’m not leaving.” He was later booked into Lee County Jail.
Bencivenga’s arrest comes the same day United Airlines suffered a similar incident on a Hong Kong-bound flight from Chicago, during which a man smeared feces all over two of the aircraft’s bathrooms and tried to flush his shirt down a toilet. The United flight was diverted to Alaska, and the passenger was transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation.
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A representative for Spirit Airlines was not immediately available for comment.