Saturday, July 15, 2017

Police: Woman on flight slaps attendant, bangs on cockpit door after being refused alcohol




MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) - Orion resident, Dick Fullerton said he doesn't fly often but was headed home Thursday night after a business trip in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fullerton had a layover in Dallas Forth Worth that was suppose to take off at 7:30 p.m.

"We were already running behind trying to catch the connection, we were suppose to be home right around 10:45 that night."

After Fullerton boarded the plane he noticed the woman sitting three feet away from him was acting strange. He said she was making rude comments and gestures to fellow passengers and flight attendants.

"She started getting rude with the flight attendant talking about how much money she made and how much the ticket cost and that she was flying first class."

According to a police report, the flight attendant refused to serve the woman alcohol. Shortly after, Fullerton said she grabbed the flight attendant by the arm before slapping her in the face.

"It wasn't like a small tug, she pulled her all the way into her lap and talked about getting her fired when they landed," Fullerton said. "The flight attendant kind of broke free and when she stood up the lady slapped her."

The pilot made the decision to divert the plane back to Dallas Fort Worth. Police later identified the disruptive passenger as 52-year-old Suzette Gordon. A police report states that Gordon was also banging on the cockpit demanding to speak with the pilot. Fullerton captured video of Gordon being escorted off the plane by police. While he said the incident didn't worry him too much, he said he's glad it didn't escalate.

"i was more worried we were going to turn around, we weren't far enough out to keep going, so that was the worst part."

Police charged Gordon with public intoxication. According to police, she is from California and was visiting family in Moline. 


http://www.kwqc.com

DALLAS - An allegedly intoxicated woman aboard an American Eagle flight Thursday night became violent when she was refused alcohol, police said.

The flight, which was bound for Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois, was forced to return to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport approximately 47 minutes into the flight, the The Dallas Morning News reported. 

Suzette Gordon, 52, was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication upon landing at DFW and was escorted off the plane by airport police. She was subdued during her arrest, but passengers claimed she caused chaos during the flight.

Police said Gordon grabbed a flight attendant by the arm so hard she pulled the attendant onto her lap, then slapped her when the attendant refused to serve Gordon a drink, The Dallas Morning News reported. Gordon also got out of her seat and headed to the front of the plane, where she banged on the cockpit door several times, demanding to talk to the pilot, police said.

After Gordon was removed, the flight took off again just before 11 p.m. and reached its destination safely at 12:30 a.m. Friday.

http://www.statesman.com

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