An affidavit showed that a woman attacked two flight attendants on a Spirit Airlines flight to Nashville on Saturday night, one of the other passengers handcuffed her, and then yelled at police officers to “shoot me” when they arrested her.
Airport police arrested a 42-year-old woman for poisoning in public after cabin crew called officers on the ground at Nashville International Airport around 7 p.m., according to an affidavit.
The flight took off from Fort Lauderdale at about 6 p.m., according to Spirit Airlines spokesman Nicole Aguiar and flight-tracking website FlightAware.
When the plane arrived, crew members told the officers that it had attacked two flight attendants, punching one and pulling the other’s hair.
Aguir did not comment on the details in the affidavit but said law enforcement officers had turned away “a passenger due to his disorderly conduct.”
“We do not tolerate aggressive behavior of any kind, and this passenger is no longer welcome on any of our flights,” Aguiar said in an email.
The affidavit stated that before the female passenger disembarked, another female passenger had her feet tied with zip ties. She smelled of alcohol, spoke in a smeared manner, and her eyes were bloodshot. The affidavit said she told the officers that she drank “a lot.”
After she was arrested by police, she yelled at the officers several times, using insults, saying “I didn’t do anything wrong” and “shoot me,” according to the affidavit. The passenger also resisted entering the police cruiser, including by strengthening her legs to prevent officers from closing the door.
Davidson County Sheriff’s Office jail records show that she entered the prison Saturday night at 8:40 p.m., but was released at 6 a.m., Sunday.
“Thank you to our guests who helped our crew and local law enforcement authorities help,” Aguiar said in her email. “We will work with the relevant authorities to ensure that this person is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
The affidavit said the cabin crew did not wish to press charges against the passenger.
An email from Nashville International Airport spokesman Kim Gerloc did not provide additional details beyond the information in the affidavit, but Gerloc said “the matter is under investigation.”
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