Chicago-Bound Flight Diverted After Unruly Woman Hits Attendant And Passenger
By Emma G. Gallegos in News on Sep 15, 2015 2:54PM
The woman being led away (@djsavi/Twitter)
A woman was led off a plane kicking and screaming in Indianapolis and jailed after she struck a flight attendant and a passenger on a flight from Miami bound for Chicago last night, airport officials said.
Jeff Dutton, manager of communications at the Indianapolis Airport, told the Indianapolis Star that the unidentified woman on American Airlines flight 1284 became "unruly" during the flight. Flight attendants were detaining her in the back of the plane, and it is at that point that the woman struck a flight attendant and a passenger. The pilot made the decision to divert the flight to Indianapolis.
It sounded like a pretty dramatic scene:
Just had emergency landing..pilot aggressively yelled cabin lock down everyone in their seats/need large men to restrain a psngr immediately— SAVI (@djsavi) September 14, 2015
Definitely the most scared I’ve ever been in my life. Could only hear someone screaming and see several people in the back of the plane.— SAVI (@djsavi) September 14, 2015
The incident happened around 5:30 p.m. and the flight landed just before 6 p.m., according to a flight log. Dutton says the woman kicked one of the airport police officers as she was being escorted off the plane. A video taken by a Twitter user shows what the scene was like:
And here is the squad car that showed up to take her away:
The woman faces charges of battery resulting in bodily injury for striking the flight attendant, two counts of battery, criminal recklessness, disorderly conduct and disruption of a flight.
The plane took off headed for Chicago shortly after 7 p.m.
Indy✈️chicago 🙏🏼— SAVI (@djsavi) September 14, 2015