NEW YORK (AP) – Three women are facing federal charges of assaulting an airline security employee who tried to stop them from boarding a flight at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport in September, as prosecutors says it was problematic behavior, including denial. Wear face mask properly.
The trio were released on a $25,000 bond after appearing in federal court in Brooklyn on Thursday. Messages were sent to his lawyers on Friday morning.
Prosecutors said in court papers that the women were trying to board a Delta Air Lines flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 22. He had ordered a total of nine alcoholic drinks in four hours at the airport bar while waiting for the delay. Departure according to prosecutors.
When all three arrived at the departure gate, the flight crew decided that they should not be allowed because they were acting belligerent, one did not wear their mask as required by federal regulation, and the other appeared distracted and unable to walk. Trouble was brewing, prosecutors said.
According to prosecutors’ court papers, a Delta security officer and a gate agent contacted the trio at the Jet Bridge and asked them to return, saying they might get a flight later in the day.
He said the women refused, one of them hit the security officer in the head with his two-way radio, the other punched the gate agent in the face when the agent tried to intervene, and the third hit the security officer. K.’s face as the trio kicked and hit after falling to the floor. According to prosecutors, the flight crew eventually dragged her behind some of the jet bridge doors and locked them, as the women left the crew.
The gate agent and the security officer were taken to the hospital and did not return to work.
“The excessive and aggressive behavior in relation to our air travel is out of control,” Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Brian Peace said in a statement.
Airlines reported more than 5,000 episodes involving unruly passengers last year, with more than 3,600 people reportedly refusing to wear face masks as required.
Airlines and their employee unions are prompting officials to be more aggressive about criminal prosecution in serious cases of air rage.