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Robert ‘Sandy’ Vietz Thrown Off U.S. Ski Team After Allegedly Urinating On Girl Aboard JetBlue Flight

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) - Talk about going downhill fast.

Robert “Sandy” Vietze, 18, has been sacked from the U.S. ski team following a bizarre incident aboard a JetBlue flight from Oregon to New York Wednesday.

Sara Beth Joren, a Port Authority police spokeswoman, said Vietze was pie-eyed on the red-eye flight and allegedly urinated on a fellow passenger – an 11-year-old girl, no less.

Vietze, of Warren, Vt., was detained by police at Kennedy Airport when he landed.

A spokeswoman for the Port Authority Police said federal prosecutors later decided not to pursue indecent exposure charges.

U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Executive Vice President of Athletics Luke Bodensteiner emailed a statement Friday to The Associated Press. It said Vietze had been dismissed from the team for conduct violations.

Details of the episode were first reported by The New York Post.

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