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After flight delay, man accused of spraying powder in plane
By Globe Staff
A man whose original flight was delayed seven hours is facing disorderly conduct charges today because he allegedly sprayed fellow passengers with foot powder after landing in Boston.
"This is what your airline gets for treating me bad," Arthur Nicolson allegedly yelled, according to a State Police report, as he shook a 7-ounce bottle of Dr. Scholl's Foot Powder on other travelers as he ran off the plane.
The 42-year-old Framingham resident was arrested in Terminal A at Logan International Airport shortly after US Airways Flight 67 landed at 3:30 p.m. Nicolson had originally been booked the day before on a flight, which was delayed seven hours because of mechanical problems.
After finally boarding the flight on Sunday at 7 p.m., Nicolson allegedly became irritated and told the crew he had pneumonia, according to the police report. Nicolson was removed from the aircraft and booked on the first flight Monday morning.
Flight 67 left Las Vegas at 7:25 a.m. After landing in Boston, Nicolson allegedly sprayed the foot powder and then overran other passengers as he fled the plane. According to the police report, Nicolson told investigators that he sprayed the powder to get back at US Airways because he was "held hostage" at the Las Vegas airport for 10 hours, pulled off the plane without his bags, and was not given a voucher for food or a hotel.
Nicolson was arraigned today in East Boston Municipal Court where he pleaded not guilty to charges of disorderly conduct, interfering with the operation of an aircraft, and disorderly conduct. He was released on personal recognizance.
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