An unruly passenger on board American Airlines Flight 1284 displayed bizarre behavior and appeared disoriented from the time the plane became airborne. The woman’s odd behaviors were noted by the passengers who happened to be seated nearby the woman in plane that departed from Miami. The woman’s odd antics prompted an emergency landing at an Indianapolis airport instead of flying straight through to Chicago as scheduled.
According to Fox News live on September 15, the woman was escorted off the plane in flex-cuffs by police when the flight landed in Indianapolis. She was still wound up and yelling as she was led off the plane.
According to passengers seated nearby this woman, the first sign of a confrontation is when this woman passenger started kicking the seat in front of hers. When the man in that seat turned around to face this woman to complain, she hit him. Then the flight attendant who tried to intervene was hit, but not before this woman grabbed the attendant’s face and kissed her first. Then the woman passenger hauled off and smacked the attendant in the face.
The unruly passenger is identified as Daniela Velez-Reyes, according to ABC News today. She was charged with battery with injury, battery without injury, battery of a public safety officer, criminal recklessness, disorderly conduct and disruption of the operation of an aircraft, according to the arrest report.
According to Fox, the majority of the passengers were unaware of what was going on until the captain came on the intercom and asked for any large man on board to help subdue a passenger. The passengers helped drag the woman to the back of the plane where they kept her secured until landing. The Indianapolis Airport Police boarded the plane and escorted the woman off the flight as she continued to scream at passengers.
ABC Chicago News reports that the 25-year-old Velez-Reyes is from Chicago and apparently on her way home from Miami to Chicago on the American Airlines flight. The pilot made the decision to make an emergency landing when the plane was over the Indiana/Kentucky border.
According to MSN today, the arrest report also states that one of the passengers received minor injuries from Velez-Reyes actions. The type of injury was not disclosed. The plane arrived about 90 minutes late in Chicago after the emergency stop. The woman did appear to be under the influence of some type of substance.