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Australian Flight To San Francisco Grounded After Racist Rant

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Australian Flight To San Francisco Grounded After Racist Rant

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A United Airlines flight from Sydney to San Francisco diverted to Auckland on New Year's Day when the crew had problems with a passenger.

The flight was diverted to Auckland Airport due to a badly behaved passenger, a police spokeswoman says.

A 42-year-old foreign national was arrested on arrival at Auckland on Sunday evening and was referred to immigration officials.

The American man allegedly went on a racist tirade against passengers and staff, forcing the flight to divert to Auckland where he was subdued.

This video was captured after the reported incident:

-AAP

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