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Unruly passenger from Los Angeles escorted off JetBlue flight

A Los Angeles woman was handcuffed and escorted off a JetBlue airplane by police in Florida on Christmas Eve.
December 27, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
A Los Angeles woman was handcuffed and escorted off an airplane by police on Christmas Eve.

According to police, 39-year-old Trish Sen became aggravated when the flight crew refused to serve her anymore alcohol on a JetBlue flight from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Another passenger took cellphone video of Sen getting handcuffed and tweeted, "Strangest flight yet - red eye, lady goes nuts and starts yelling all over the place, she is cuffed."

The flight landed in Fort Lauderdale and there was a dispute over what happened. Some reports indicate Sen was upset when she wasn't served a drink. The police report said the suspect got into an altercation with the pilot.

"He was scratched on both arms while trying to restrain suspect Sen who was disruptive and failing to comply with the flight crew's instructions while in flight. I did observe numerous scratches on the victim's arms," the police report said.

Sen made an appearance in a Fort Lauderdale court on Christmas Day. She told the judge she had no prior incidents and tried to show several bruises on her arms. The judge stopped her, saying she needs to save that for her trial.

JetBlue released a statement, saying, "On December 23, a customer onboard Flt 100 LAX-FLL exhibited aggressive behavior and had to be restrained. Local law enforcement met the aircraft upon arrival. We are cooperating with law enforcement's investigation.

The suspect was released from jail after posting $1,000 bond. She will have to be back in court in Fort Lauderdale, where she faces a misdemeanor battery charge.


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