US woman forced off flight

Last updated 14:57 26/06/2013
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A woman was forcibly removed off a US Airways flight for refusing to comply with the crew's instructions to turn off her phone.

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A US Airways flight was delayed 30 minutes before its dawn takeoff while an unruly passenger was removed from the plane by Broward Sheriff's deputies at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, officials said.

Flight attendants on the 6:30 am flight 906 to Charlotte, North Carolina told deputies that Lindsay Bien-Aime, 21, would not comply with their instructions before departure and became unruly, according to a complaint affidavit.

The pilot was notified and he ordered Bien-Aime off the plane, the report states.

When two deputies arrived, Bien-Aime "immediately became irate, screaming, yelling profanities and refused to exit the plane despite numerous attempts and requests" made by deputies, a deputy said.

When two more deputies arrived, Bien-Aime yelled racial profanities while being taken off the plane, according to the Sheriff's Office.

One female deputy was kicked in the groin, another deputy was elbowed in his mouth and two others were scratched, the affidavit said.

"They're fine," BSO spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion said about the deputies.

There were no reports of crew injuries, US Airways spokesman William McGlashen said.

The flight had 123 passengers aboard and arrived in Charlotte approximately 35 minutes late, he said.

Jail records show Bien-Aime was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting an officer with violence and two counts of battery on an officer. She was released from jail on a US$2,525 bond.

On June, 4, a Maryland woman was charged with resisting arrest without violence and disorderly conduct after authorities said she consumed alcoholic drinks and disrupted a Spirit Airlines flight that arrived in Fort Lauderdale.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the number of unruly passenger incidents reported by aircraft crew members has fallen since 2009, when there were 176.

There were 149 reported to the FAA in 2010; 140 in 2011; 127 in 2012 and through March 2013, 12 incidents.

- MCT

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