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NY-to-Chicago Flight Diverted Due To Disruptive Mt. Vernon Passenger

FBI: Rowdy Woman Forces United Flight To Be Diverted To Detroit Metropolitan Airport

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — The FBI says a rowdy passenger on a flight from New York to Chicago was restrained with a belt, necktie and apron after demanding to get off the plane.

Authorities say a flight from New York to Chicago was diverted to Detroit Metropolitan Airport due to a disruptive passenger

United Airlines Flight 3461, operated by Shuttle America, was diverted to Detroit Metropolitan Airport and landed about 8 p.m. Thursday. Breanna Farquharson, twenty-two-year-old daughter of Mount Vernon 2015 City Council Candidate Delia Farquharson was charged with assaulting a crew member.

WDIV-TV reports a woman assaulted another passenger on the flight and was restrained. The station broadcast video taken from inside the plane showing authorities carrying a woman through the plane’s main aisle while passengers applauded.

In a court filing, the FBI says Farquharson scratched a flight attendant’s lip and pulled a necklace and employee badge off her after “frantically” requesting to get off the plane, 30 minutes into the flight.

Airport spokesman Brian Lassaline tells The Detroit News a passenger was removed and was in custody early Friday.

Lassaline tells The Associated Press in an email an investigation is ongoing.

A court hearing was postponed Friday for Farquharson. BW reached out to her mother in Mount Vernon, who was unable to be reached for a comment.

The plane from LaGuardia Airport with 69 passengers and four crew members arrived in Chicago’s  O’Hare International Airport, about an hour late.

Portions of this article were composed from The Associated Press.


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