Passenger attacks crew on NC-to-Florida flight

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March 28, 2012 12:16:22 PM PDT
The crew aboard a US Airways flight from Charlotte to Fort Myers, Fla., had to restrain a disruptive female passenger Tuesday.

The apparently intoxicated passenger, 50-year-old Peggy S. Albedhady-Sanchez, of New Jersey, was arrested after kicking and scratching and spitting on crew members before being wrestled to the floor by an off-duty deputy aboard the flight, an arrest report released Wednesday said.

It happened on US Airways flight 1697. Albedhady-Sanchez kicked, spit on, and cursed at a flight attendant after the crew member refused to serve her alcohol, according to the arrest report by Lee County Port Authority Police.

Albedhady-Sanchez has been charged with three counts of battery and one count of interfering with an aircraft, the report said. A message left at Albedhady-Sanchez's home was not immediately returned Wednesday.

US Airways spokesman Bill McGlashen said Wednesday he didn't know how early in the flight the passenger became unruly, why she reacted, how she was restrained, or whether any flight attendants were injured.

"All I know is that during the flight the passenger became disruptive to the point where the crew took the precautionary measure of restraining her in the cabin," McGlashen said.

After Albedhady-Sanchez kicked and spit on the female flight attendant who refused to serve her alcohol, a male attendant who tried to intervene was slapped across the jaw, the arrest report said. Albedhady-Sanchez kicked a second male flight attendant in the groin as the off-duty deputy wrestled her to the back of the jet, the report said. Albedhady-Sanchez continued kicking after her hands were cuffed by plastic restraints and broke an armrest, the report said.

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