According to WZTV Nashville, police on the ground who were notified by the crew before landing arrested the passenger for public intoxication.
Amanda Henry allegedly assaulted a flight attendant and pulled another flight attendant’s hair, according to the flight crew. Before the plane landed, a fellow passenger secured her legs with cable ties.
When the jet landed, the ties were undone, and Henry was ordered to exit the plane. Before being removed off the plane, she shouted “Shoot me” and “I didn’t do anything wrong,” according to the police affidavit.
She reportedly smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and replied, “a lot,” when asked how much she had consumed.
Henry fought arrest by stiffening her legs as the cops tried to bring her into the car.
The flight attendant did not want to seek charges for the attack, according to the police, but the airline stated otherwise.
Spirit Airlines spokesperson Nicole Aguiar said, “We do not tolerate aggressive behavior of any kind, and this passenger is no longer welcome on any of our flights.”
“Thank you to our guests who assisted our crew and local law enforcement for their assistance. We will work with the relevant authorities to ensure this individual is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
This is the latest in a series of rowdy passenger incidents sparked by alcohol or mask-wearing restrictions on airplanes.
After allegedly drinking booze smuggled aboard the airplane, sexually assaulting a flight attendant, and then sneaking off to the lavatory to use pot, one passenger was charged with $US40,000.
Another passenger was fined $24,000 for reportedly removing his mask many times after crew members instructed him to do so.
“This is America,” he cursed at other passengers and yelled at a crew member. This is an example of free speech. “Can you tell me what you don’t get?” despite being told over and over to calm down.
The passenger was declared a security concern, and the flight was diverted to Atlanta, where police enforcement met the jet at the gate after pointing his finger in the face of a crew member and shouting “You!”
Since the beginning of the year, the FAA has received 300 reports of “passenger disturbances due to alcohol and intoxication,” and many crew members have been learning self-defense in the face of increasing passenger unruliness.