JetBlue Passenger Goes Wacky, Causes Plane to be Diverted

Posted Aug 16th 2010 08:56 AMUpdated Aug 16th 2010 04:06 PM


Just days after a JetBlue flight attendant dramatically lost his temper at New York's JFK airport, a passenger on a flight from Boston to the Dominican Republic had what's being described as an "anxiety attack," forcing her flight to be diverted.

The Associated Press reports the women became so unruly the plane landed at Washington-Dulles Airport so she could be removed.

A JetBlue spokesman says the Transportation Security Administration and local law enforcement were notified and the passenger was taken into custody. She was later released, and no charges were filed.

Several passengers say the woman, who may have been in her late teens, was behaving oddly on the plane.

"She began to yell that someone had stolen her money," says Victor Pimentel, 45. He says she called for flight attendants then hit a male attendant with her fists when he came to help.

The woman also spat at one of the attendants, another passenger, tells AP.

The flight attendants responded quickly and moved the woman to another seat, tied her hands and calmed her down.

No one was hurt, and the plane did eventually reach Santo Domingo.

In an incident earlier last week, JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater was angered by a passenger, grabbed a beer and slid down the emergency chute of a parked jet at JFK.

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When are the authorities and airlines going to start filing charges for interfering with the frew duties when these "nut cases" pull this crap and force the flight to divert enroute to have them removed!!! Great it makes the news, but they fail to charge the disruptive passenger with felony and take them to court - bad press!!! Maybe, if they stop rewarding bad behavior and jail some of these idiots, it would stop and the skies would be safe again!!

August 16 2010 at 8:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scooter Pie

We have flown Jet Blue since it's inception. Great airline. Great staff. Great attitudes. Some folks have mentioned that the flight attendants have become less friendly. This is not the case.
September 11th has faded from the memories of many people. Flying has not been the same since.

August 16 2010 at 8:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's plain and simple: Interference with anyone on the flight crew is a FELONY!

SEC. 91.11 Prohibition Against Interference with Crew Members

No person may assault, threaten, intimidate, or interfere with a crewmember in the performance of the crewmembers duties aboard an aircraft being operated.

August 16 2010 at 8:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That's assault in most states. (Nothing is filthier and can cause sickness!) File a law suit. If one does not have manners, teach them some!!!!

August 16 2010 at 7:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This woman needs to feel the back hand of a man...
Worthless broad !

August 16 2010 at 7:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Another "bonobo" escapes from the zoo.

August 16 2010 at 7:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well, that's one way to stay in this country! And it's a good damn thing that JetBlue isn't my airline, becaue here's the emergency plan when somebody shows out like she did: Subdue errant passenger. Use flexi-cuffs on wrists and ankles. Use real-deal handcuffs if the flexi-cuffs seem questionable in the situation. Strap passenter to seat. Put duct tape over mouth. Leave passenger to mumble under the tape until flight arrives at destination. All passengers to remain seated until unruly passenger is escorted off plane in airport, dragging passenger by their heels if necessary. Retain handcuffs. Return to plane. Allow passenger to retain duct tape.

August 16 2010 at 7:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

why divert the plane open the door and push her out

August 16 2010 at 7:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

She spit on someone and was not charged? In some places that is illegal. She should have been brought up on charges and / or evaluated for her mental health. A passenger like that makes it dangerous for others in the plane.

August 16 2010 at 7:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
john coniff


August 16 2010 at 7:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply