A woman attacked two flight attendants on a Spirit Airlines flight to Nashville on Saturday night, was restrained by another passenger, then yelled at police to “shoot me” when they arrested her.
Airport police arrested a 42-year-old woman for public drunkenness after flight crew contacted ground officers at Nashville International Airport around 7 p.m., according to an arrest affidavit.
The flight took off from Fort Lauderdale around 6 p.m., according to Spirit Airlines spokeswoman Nicole Aguiar and FlightAware, a flight tracking website.
As the plane arrived, crew members told officers she attacked two flight attendants, hitting one and pulling the other’s hair.
Aguiar did not comment on the details of the affidavit, but said law enforcement fired “a passenger for unruly behavior.”
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“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.
When the passenger disembarked, another passenger was restraining their feet with zip ties, according to the affidavit. She smelled of alcohol, spoke thickly, and her eyes were bloodshot. She told officers she was drinking “a lot”, according to the affidavit.
After the police arrested her, she yelled at the officers several times, using profanity and saying “I didn’t do anything wrong” and “shoot me”, according to the affidavit. The passenger also resisted getting into the police car, including stiffening her legs to prevent officers from closing the door.
Davidson County Sheriff’s Office jail records show she was admitted to jail Saturday night at 8:40 p.m. but was released at 6 a.m. on Sunday.
“Thank you to our guests who helped our crew and local law enforcement for their help,” Aguiar said in his email. “We will work with the appropriate authorities to ensure that this individual is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
The affidavit indicated that the flight crew did not want to press charges against the passenger.
An email from Nashville International Airport spokesman Kym Gerlock did not provide additional details beyond the information in the affidavit, but Gerlock said “the case does the under investigation “.
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