JetBlue passenger kicked off flight, arrested for spitting on flyer, hitting crew member


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A 32-year-old woman was kicked off a JetBlue flight and arrested in Florida after she spit on a fellow passenger and hit a crew member during an angry rant that began when she discovered she was seated next to a young child, according to police.

The woman, identified by police as Valerie Gonzalez, was removed from the plane, causing the Feb. 14 flight to be delayed for more than two hours, according to flight-tracking site FlightAware. 

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Gonzalez’s arrest to USA TODAY and said she was released on bond on Feb. 15. She was charged with “touch or strike battery.”

Gonzalez’s NSFW outburst was caught on camera by a fellow passenger who filmed the incident and posted it on Twitter.

“She is old, sorry,” Gonzalez says at the start of the video while sitting at a seat on the JetBlue flight from Fort Lauderdale to Las Vegas. “I didn’t do anything wrong.”

An incident report from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, obtained by local media, revealed she became agitated when she found out she was sitting next to a child.

“I’m not sitting next to a (expletive) 3-year-old. I’ve been drinking all day,” she complained, according to the report. She then allegedly moved to a seat that wasn’t her own.

Later in the video, Gonzalez asks if people are taping her and spits on the person in front of her. “Did she just spit on you?” another passenger asks.

“What did I do?” she repeatedly asks. “I called someone old, ’cause they were?” She then heavily curses after getting her bag. “My mom’s gonna be so proud of me tomorrow.”

“I didn’t do anything. I sat down in my seat and I asked to go somewhere else … but I get kicked off, OK.”

“Enjoy yourself in Vegas, babies,” she shouts as she’s escorted off the plane.

The incident report also said she then hit a JetBlue agent on the head, and another passenger claims she hit her on the arm after she didn’t want to switch seats.

JetBlue told USA TODAY in a statement: “On Thursday, February 14 – during the boarding of flight 7 from Fort Lauderdale to Las Vegas – crewmembers reported a disruptive customer onboard. Local law enforcement was called and the customer was removed from the flight.”

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: JetBlue passenger kicked off flight, arrested for spitting on flyer, hitting crew member

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