Woman injured six deputies at New Orleans Airport: report

OOfficials say a woman injured six sheriff’s deputies while refusing to leave a plane at a Louisiana airport early on Thanksgiving Day, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported Saturday.

Authorities said the 25-year-old woman bit, kicked and spat at Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputies at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, according to local news reports.

Deputies responded to requests from Spirit airline staff to remove the woman, who had reportedly gone into a rage, and asked nearby passengers who they believed were Latino if they were smuggling cocaine. Paramedics treated the deputies at the scene, according to local news reports.

Police charged the woman with six counts of battery use on a police officer, three counts of disturbing the peace, one count of resisting arrest by force and another count of staying behind after being banned, reports said. The woman was released from Jefferson Parish Correctional Center later that day after posting $10,750 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on January 23.

Reports of bad passenger behavior have skyrocketed since air travel increased following the pandemic’s early shutdowns.

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