A woman who missed her flight home allegedly tried to attack a Frontier Airlines worker with a pole in a disturbing two-minute video captured at Orlando International Airport that has gone viral.
The disgruntled passenger, 29, first goes behind the counter and tosses a keyboard and grabs a package. Although it’s not clear from the video, an employee reportedly unleashed some pepper spray on her, and the conflict subsided, temporarily.
She then went to the other side of the waiting area, but quickly returned to the ticket counter and allegedly grabbed and swung the separation pole. as well as tossing another keyboard in what perhaps is another example of how air travel has seemingly become the wild frontier, as it were.
What is heartbreaking about this incident is that woman was traveling with two kids; the younger child was particularly distraught over the encounter, saying “Mommy, I don’t want you to go to jail!”
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According to the @onlyinflorida Instagram account that shared the footage, the traveler was allegedly on the no-fly list in the first place, so if that turns out to be accurate, she may not have been permitted to board anyway.
In any event, a police officer promptly responded to the scene and placed the mom into handcuffs in the June 30 incident, while asking her “What is wrong with you?” The suspect is reportedly a resident of Brooklyn, N.Y. Fortunately, no one was harmed in the episode.
The Miami Herald reports that the woman was charged with aggravated assault at an Orange County jail and obtained her release on July 2 with a $3,000 bond. The children, ages 12 and 7, were apparently placed with the state Department of Children and Families prior to her release.
Although fast-food restaurant meltdowns by “hangry” customers that find their way to social media are unfortunately common, incidents both inside airport terminals and aboard planes — particularly but obviously not exclusively Florida-related — are giving them a run for their money.
For example, a two-round brawl erupted at Miami International Airport in April and another one occurred in the previous month at the Fort Lauderdale Airport.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 26, 2021
In late May, a passenger allegedly punched a Southwest Airlines flight attendant in the face. She reportedly ignored the flight crew’s reminders about wearing a seatbelt and putting her tray table away and became verbally and physically combative upon landing.
“Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said last week that airlines have reported more than 3,000 incidents involving unruly passengers since January 1, with many involving passengers who refuse to comply with a federal requirement to wear face masks. While the FAA agency did not track such reports in prior years, a spokesman said it was safe to assume this year’s numbers are the highest ever,” the Daily Mail reported in its coverage of the Orlando incident.
In a press release issued in late May, the Federal Aviation Administration said that it is implementing a “zero-tolerance policy for unruly and dangerous behavior by passengers.” Violators could face civil penalties as well as criminal charges.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 17, 2021
With long lines at TSA screening queues, plus being packed in on planes like sardines, along with random flight delays, and missed connections, traveling by commercial air routinely pre-COVID was stressful or frustrating enough. Most travelers manage to make the best of it and keep their emotions in check.
Since the easing of pandemic restrictions, the subsequent increase in pent-up passenger traffic might possibly explain, in part, the unusually aggressive behavior, as alluded to above, that has regrettably emerged.
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