Arielle Jean Jackson female passenger arrested punching Southwest Airlines worker during boarding following verbal dispute. Latest in ongoing incidents of violence on board US flights.
Here we go again. A woman has been arrested after punching a Southwest Airlines employee in the head during boarding for a flight out of a Dallas airport, police said.
Arielle Jean Jackson, 32, was arrested Saturday afternoon at Love Field, Dallas police said. Police said Jackson has been charged with aggravated assault.
The incident happened during the boarding process for a flight from Dallas to New York’s La Guardia Airport, Southwest Airlines spokesman Chris Mainz said according to CBSNews.
‘Southwest Airlines maintains a zero-tolerance policy regarding any type of harassment or assault and fully support our Employee as we cooperate with local authorities regarding this unacceptable incident,’ Mainz.
Police said that Jackson first had a verbal altercation with an operations agent at the back of the plane and was asked to exit. As Jackson was exiting, she had another verbal altercation with a second operations agent that turned physical, with Jackson striking the agent on the head with a closed fist, police said.
Flying etiquette no more
Mainz said the the operations agent, a woman, was taken to a hospital and released Saturday night according to WAFB.
Jackson was in Dallas County jail on Sunday on $10,000 bond. Jail records did not list an attorney for her.
Reports of airplane passengers acting violent or disruptive have been increasing since the COVID-19 , with more than recorded this year alone.
The Federal Aviation Administration has to date referred 37 incidents for criminal penalties. Meanwhile, passengers have been hit with refusing to wear masks and snorting cocaine in an airplane bathroom.for alleged behavior including throwing luggage at other passengers, assaulting flight crew,