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Man charged with intimidation during flight causing early landing in Cedar Rapids

A Brazilian man has been charged with intimidating a flight crew member or attendant after he allegedly "lost it" scaring passengers on a plane. 

The international flight was coming from Calgary, Canada and was supposed to land in Chicago on June 23rd but the plane made an early landing in Cedar Rapids instead.

According to the complaint 33-year-old Guilherme Alves De Melo was being disruptive during the flight and was told to calm down by a crew member. 

About an hour outside of Chicago Alves is accused of losing control which lead to some passengers restraining him with zip ties given to them by the flight crew. 

Alves was removed from the plane by police in Cedar Rapids, he allegedly began swearing loudly and was charged with disorderly conduct for that incident. 

On June 24th he pleaded guilty to the disorderly conduct charge and paid a $100 fine in Linn County court. 

Intimidation of a flight crew member is a federal charge, if convicted Alves faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 

He is being held without bond pending a hearing Monday morning. 

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