A 32-year-old woman was escorted off a JetBlue flight on Thursday and charged with battery after she allegedly spit on passengers and hit a gate agent.
Valerie Gonzalez was onboard an aircraft going from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Las Vegas when she found out that she was seated next to a child and suddenly became irate. According to records from the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the woman said, “I’m not sitting [next] to a f***ing 3-year-old, I’ve been drinking all day,” before moving herself to an unassigned seat without permission. Eventually, she was asked to exit the plane.
Video of the incident was captured by other passengers, one of which posted it to Twitter.
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“I didn’t do anything wrong,” Gonzalez is heard saying to somebody over the phone, before yelling, “Oh, you wanna f***ing tape me, make me viral b****es?” before leaning toward the seat in front of her and seemingly spitting on a seated passenger.
Gonzalez then went on to question what she did to get herself kicked off of the flight, saying that she had “called someone old because they were.” Moments later, however, she began to get up from her seat and grab her bags, while continuing to shout profanities.
“Who’s taping this?” Gonzalez continued, while blowing air kisses. “F*** all ya’ll.”
According to police, flight attendants escorted Gonzalez off the plane to the jet bridge, after which the disruptive passenger tried to reenter the aircraft and hit the attendant blocking the entrance on the side of her head. A passenger on the plane later said Gonzalez hit her as well, but decided not to press charges.
Police arrested Gonzalez at the gate and reportedly had to handcuff her and eventually place her in a wheelchair because she refused to walk. Restraints were also placed on her legs after repeated kicking, and officers had to request a spit mask after she spat on responding deputies.
Gonzalez was charged with battery and transported to a Broward County jail.
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