Florida police arrest woman for interfering on flight to Orlando

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Passenger on Delta flight from Toronto refused to buckle seat belt despite instructions from flight attendant, police say

An Allegiant Air flight from Toronto to Orlando, Florida, made an emergency landing after a passenger threw food at a flight attendant, hit another in the face and resisted arrest when the officer reached him, police said.

According to a criminal complaint, the flight attendant tried to remove a screaming woman from the plane on Tuesday night because she was unruly.

When the flight attendant came to the woman’s seat, the woman slapped him, a complaint said. The flight attendant then asked the woman to buckle her seat belt, which she did but then grabbed it from the flight attendant and “immediately became uncooperative”.

The flight attendant told police he tried to restrain the woman’s belt and that the woman said “don’t touch me”.

Police said the woman then threw a drink at the flight attendant and punched him.

“The defendant refused to obey the verbal commands of the flight attendant, and in a rage he stated ‘bring it on, I’m going to get you’,” the complaint said.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was detained on the plane and arrested. She was charged with interference with an employee, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public intoxication.

A representative for Allegiant said on Wednesday that the flight had landed safely.

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