A woman has been accused of dragging a flight attendant down the aisle by her ponytail and punching another in the face on a raucous Spirit Airlines flight from Florida after two passengers turned down her lewd advances.
Angry That Her Romantic Advances Were Turned Down, Woman Punches Flight Attendant, Drags Another By Ponytail On Spirit Airlines Flight From Florida
Federal prosecutors have detailed the event, which took place on November 27, 2021 onboard a Spirit Airlines flights from Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Nashville (BNA).
The suspect, 43-year-old Amanda Renee Henry, is alleged to have “made lewd sexual advances” toward the two male passengers seated next to her. She began by “acting flirtatious” but then placed her hands on the other passengers and eventually laid her head on them.
Both men complained to a flight attendant, who reseated them. This made Henry, who exhibited signs of intoxication, “irate and belligerent.” Flight attendants then asked Henry to move to another seat away from the emergency exit row. This was the “final straw” for Henry and she responded by grabbing her carry-on items, marching up the aisle, and declaring, “I’m getting off this plane!”
Flight attendants attempted to restrain her and she responded by pulling one by the ponytail and punching the other in the face. Eventually, flight attendants were able to subdue her and secure her with plastic handcuffs. A firefighter, used to dealing with drunk people, volunteered to sit next to Henry and attempt to calm her down. Police met the aircraft upon landing in Nashville.
The complaint states:
Henry’s actions while seated in the exit row required Flight Attendants 1 and 2 to forego their other duties to relocate Henry and other passengers for aircraft safety. Flight Attendants 1 and 2 were also forced to neglect their normal duties as they restrained Henry as she ran through the aircraft, was returned to her new seat, and withstood her physical assaults while they tried to secure her in her new seat.
While Henry was initially charged by Nashville Police with public intoxication, the charges were later dismissed. However, she now faces federal charges which could carry a jail sentence of up to 20 years and a fine of $250,000.
Criminal records reveal Henry has been previously charged with driving under the influence, assault, and resisting arrest.
If the narrative prosecutors allege is correct, the solution is simple: throw the books at her. Make an example of her. It is only when offenders face serious fines and jail time (or community service) that such behavior will cease. I bring you yet another passenger disturbance story to demonstrate that onboard problems show no sign of letting up as we end 2021.
I wonder if she enjoyed a to-go cocktail at an airport bar…?