On Thursday night a woman bragging about being rich and flying first class on American Airlines flight AA5771 — a 691 mile flight from Dallas Fort-Worth to Moline operated by Mesa Airlines with a 76 seat Bombardier CRJ-900 — grabbed a “flight attendant by the arm before slapping her in the face.”
The flight attendant refused to serve her any alcohol. She had had her share, apparently, on her inbound connection.
I’m going to stop here for a moment. She bragged about flying first class. On a regional jet to Moline. The flight attendant was clearly correct not to serve her on that basis alone. However,
“It wasn’t like a small tug, she pulled her all the way into her lap and talked about getting her fired when they landed,” Fullerton said. “The flight attendant kind of broke free and when she stood up the lady slapped her.”
The police report on the incident indicates she “was also banging on the cockpit demanding to speak with the pilot.” So it’s no surprise the pilot decided to turn the plane around and head back to DFW.
The woman was offloaded and eventually the flight took off again for Moline.
Here’s the woman being ejected from the aircraft in Dallas:
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She admits to having had “two glasses of wine on a flight from Los Angeles to DFW Airport earlier in the day.” Considering she was reported to be “slurring her words and seemed unsteady” perhaps two means six.