A female flight attendant went berserk on an international flight and attacked fellow crew members while speaking nonsense, court documents have revealed.
American Airlines flight attendant Joanne Snow faces serious charges after reportedly slapping other flight attendants and shoving, punching or kicking at US air marshals on American Airlines’ flight 704 from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Frankfurt, Germany, on Tuesday and Wednesday last week, according to the Charlotte Observer.
Snow is charged with interference with flight crew and attendants, and assault on an officer or employee of the United States, according to court documents related to the case.
Snow’s bizarre and erratic behaviour disrupted both legs of the flight, according to a federal affidavit cited by the paper.
According to the affidavit by federal Air Marshal Joseph D. Fialka, who was assigned to the round trip flight, Snow slapped other flight attendants and shoved, punched or kicked at marshals.
In his affidavit, Fialka said Snow confessed to him several times before takeoff that she was “crazy” or a “train wreck”.
Fialka says that other flight attendants told him before takeoff from Charlotte that they had tried to have Snow removed from duty. For some reason, however, American did not replace her.
Fialka’s statement says Snow was “quite irrational” and he had learned that while in the back of the plane, she had grabbed the collar of another marshal and “spoke nonsensical things”.
Nonsense by itself is not illegal, though alarming when coming from a flight attendant on duty. Assault, however, is most definitely illegal.
American spokeswoman Katie Cody released the following statement:
“We are aware of the incident, along with the subsequent criminal complaint, and take this matter very seriously. We are cooperating fully with federal law enforcement in their investigation, and are working directly with our employees. The safety and security of our customers and employees is always the top priority.”
Written by Peter Needham