In an odd story that is about masks but not really about masks, an angry wife faces jail time after repeatedly pushing a flight attendant who awakened her husband and reminded him to wear his mask during an overnight flight.
Touchy Wife Unloads On Flight Attendant Who Touched Husband
The incident occurred on June 29, 2021 on a United Airlines flight from Anchorage (ANC) to San Francisco (SFO) but Debby Dutton of Cypress, Texas has just been charged in federal court with interference with a flight crew member.
On the United flight, flight attendants had warned passengers (an announcement I’ve routinely heard) that should their mask slip down during the redeye flight, the crew would be obligated to wake them up in order to adjust it.
A couple were asleep and apparently the man’s mask slipped down over his nose. According to the FBI report, a flight attendant tapped him on the shoulder and asked him to pull his mask up. He did.
But the act of waking the man up irritated his wife. Dutton jumped up and purportedly screamed:
“You don’t touch my husband! Why you wake him?”
The flight attendant explained the procedure but the woman continued to scream, then approached the flight attendant and pushed them, sending the flight attendant backwards. Dutton pushed the flight attendant once more before sitting down.
The captain radioed ahead to SFO and police met the aircraft upon arrival and made a report. According to an FBI affidavit, two witnesses onboard saw the flight attendant pushed by Dutton.
Dutton will appear in court today and faces up to 20 years in prison, if convicted, and a fine of at least $35,000.
I’m sure I’m not the only one thinking Airplane!
“Jim never has a second cup of coffee at home!”
We can laugh, but once again a flight attendant was allegedly assaulted for simply doing their job. This is not a laughing matter and while 20 years seems far too harsh, a large fine will hopefully be a powerful lesson not to push your flight attendant.
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