Crime & Courts

FBI: Man urinated on floor of San Francisco-Charlotte American Airlines flight

Jordan Gardner
Jordan Gardner

About an hour into a red-eye American Airlines flight from San Francisco to Charlotte on Saturday, a passenger pulled his pants down, arched his back, and urinated on the floor of the airplane, according to an affidavit filed by the FBI Sunday.

Jordan Gardner, of Ludlow, Ky., was met by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police after the plane landed at 7:45 a.m. Sunday. He is being detained at Mecklenburg County Jail pending a hearing Thursday. He faces a criminal complaint of destruction of aircraft, according to court documents.

The passenger sitting next to Gardner summoned a flight attendant, who saw Gardner pulling up his pants, according to the report. The flight attendant sent him to the bathroom.

But after about 15 minutes, Gardner had not left the bathroom. When the flight attendant opened the door, she found him lying on the floor of the bathroom.

The flight attendant tried to clean the urine with club soda, but it still smelled when the plane landed at Charlotte Douglas.

Gardner, 28, told CMPD he had “only” had two double shots of vodka at the San Francisco Airport before the flight. Police reported they could still smell alcohol on his breath 11 hours after the flight took off.

Gardner told them the smell “may have been caused by the gum he was chewing,” according to the report.

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

Staff researcher Maria David contributed.

This video was taken by a passenger on an Aug. 14 flight from Charlotte to Tampa. It shows a pilot who, while flying as passenger, texted during takeoff, in violation of federal rules.

Steve Harrison: 704-358-5160, @Sharrison_Obs