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July 26, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Drunk, rowdy, unruly and disruptive passengers on flights are usually male – but not always. Female passengers have featured in two recent violent incidents, including a very bizarre one last weekend, that forced flights to turn back.

Both incidents happened over Texas. A United Airlines domestic flight from Houston turned back on Saturday night after passengers reportedly crash-tackled a screaming “psychotic” woman who made a dash for the cockpit.

New Orleans-bound flight UA 898 turned back due to a “disruptive customer,” a United spokesperson confirmed in a statement.

“The flight landed safely, and law officials met the aircraft upon arrival,” the airline said.

Texas news channel KTRK was more forthcoming. Its Eyewitness News spoke to Julian Markowitz, who was on the plane. He said a woman seated in the back row made a sudden sprint for the cockpit about 25 minutes into the short, 45-minute flight.

Markowitz said the woman started pounding the wall of the plane while screaming: “We are all protected and loved! We are all protected and loved! This plane is going to land beautifully and kindly!”

Hardly threatening words. But suddenly the woman leapt up and made a bolt for the cockpit. That was when Markowitz and four other men, including an off-duty pilot flying as a passenger, tackled her.

Markowitz said it took five men to hold the woman down. “It wasn’t easy. She was in a total psychotic state. She was very aggressive”. The woman was placed in zip-tie handcuffs until landing, after the pilot returned to take-off airport.

In a separate incident earlier this month, also in the skies over Texas, an American Eagle flight returned to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport shortly after departure. A female passenger had reportedly demanded a drink, banged on the cockpit door and slapped a flight attendant.

“She started getting rude with the flight attendant talking about how much money she made and how much the ticket cost,” a passenger told news channel KWQC-TV.

DFW Airport police said the woman grabbed a female flight attendant by the arm and slapped her face when the attendant refused to give her an alcoholic drink.

She also banged on the cockpit door while demanding to speak to the pilot.

Witnesses said the woman on the American Eagle flight was slurring her words and seemed unsteady on her feet, yet insisted she had drunk only two glasses of wine on a flight from Los Angeles earlier in the day.

Written by Peter Needham

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