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US skier tossed off team over in-flight urination

The New York Post reports that Sandy Vietze urinated on a sleeping 11-year-old girl during a flight on Wednesday.

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AN 18-YEAR-OLD was dismissed from the US Ski Team’s development squad after he was accused of getting drunk and then urinating on a fellow passenger aboard a JetBlue flight.

Robert “Sandy” Vietze was detained by police at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Wednesday morning after arriving on a red-eye flight from Portland, Oregon.

He faces a federal misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure, according to the US Attorney’s office in Brooklyn.

“Based on the information we have, Sandy Vietze is in violation of the USSA code of conduct and team agreement, and has been dismissed from the team,” a US Ski spokesman said in an email sent to The Associated Press earlier today.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the city’s airports, said Vietze caused a disturbance aboard the JetBlue flight when he rose from his seat and urinated in the cabin, and on another passenger.

The New York Post reports that the splashed flier was a sleeping 11-year-old girl. Port Authority spokeswoman Sara Beth Joren said the agency’s police department couldn’t confirm the passenger’s age or gender.

The AP’s attempts to reach Vietze and his parents for comment have been unsuccessful. The phone has been ringing unanswered at the family’s home since news of the incident was first reported in the Post yesterday.

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