Monday, March 14, 2022

Alabama-to-Colorado flight diverted due to unruly passenger

Wichita police arrested 33-year-old Clara Lambert, of New Market, Alabama, after they say she assaulted and battered an officer at Twin Peaks in west Wichita. Sources say was also the unruly passenger that caused a flight to be diverted to Wichita on Sunday, March 13, 2022.
(Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office)

WICHITA, Kansas (KWCH) - A United Airlines flight from Huntsville, Alabama, headed to Denver was diverted to Wichita on Sunday. The Wichita Airport Authority said the flight was diverted after a passenger failed to comply with the airline’s guidelines.

Zara Lowry was a passenger on United Airlines Flight 5303. She told our sister station, WAFF, located in Huntsville, that she witnessed the woman’s unruly behavior.

“Cursing around the children around the back there, she refused to wear her mask, they escorted her off the plane,” said passenger Lowry.

Officers said the passenger was escorted off the plane without incident. While she was not arrested by airport police, she was arrested by Wichita police later that evening.

Around 6 pm on Sunday, Wichita police officers were called to Twin Peaks in west Wichita after someone reported an individual acting erratic and strange. Officers arrived and made contact with a woman who then assaulted and battered one of the officers, according to police.

Clara Lambert, 33 of New Market, Alabama, was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail for assault and battery of a law enforcement officer. Sources confirm she was also the unruly passenger from earlier in the day.

After the unexpected layover in Wichita on Sunday, Lowry says she was left scrambling to fix her trip. She says something needs to be done.

“We sat on the tarmac for about an hour and 45 minutes, and finally made it to Denver, two hours after our scheduled landing. We cannot pick up our rental car because the rental agency will be closed also, so we’re kind of scrambling trying to find a way to get from that regional airport to our final destination,” said Lowry.

The FBI is now handling the investigation regarding the unruly passenger. While she was not arrested, she could still face charges and even be placed on a no-fly list.

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