Last updated: 09:04 AM ET, Tue September 15 2015

Unruly Woman Forces Flight To Be Diverted

Impacting Travel | Rich Thomaselli | September 15, 2015

Unruly Woman Forces Flight To Be Diverted

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An American Airlines flight from Miami to Chicago was forced to make a diverted landing in Indianapolis on Monday after a woman became unruly, slapped another passenger and punched a flight attendant.

The woman on Flight 1284 was forcibly removed from the flight by Indianapolis police upon arrival.

Her name was not released.

The flight continued on to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, arriving 90 minutes later than scheduled.

"She was disoriented through the entire flight, not being able to find her seat, walking back and forth," Marian Frendt, a passenger on the flight, told WLS in Chicago. "And when she came to the back, she was sweating profusely."

"You could hear someone screaming expletives in the back repeatedly," passenger Jim Saviano said. "Then she started kicking the seat of the passenger in front of her, and he apparently turned around to complain. And she hit him."

A female flight attendant intervened and tried to talk to the woman to calm her down, but after several minutes the woman grabbed the flight attendant’s face, kissed her, and then punched her. At that point, the captain asked fellow passengers to restrain the woman until he could land. Four men helped hold the woman down.

The woman was arrested and charged with battery with injury, battery without injury, battery of a public safety officer, criminal recklessness, disorderly conduct and disruption of the operation of an aircraft.


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