If you spend as much time in airliners as I do, you’ve no doubt seen some odd stuff – but this American Airlines flight attendant takes the cake. Excerpt:
An American Airlines flight attendant faces federal charges after she began attacking fellow crew members and U.S. marshals on both legs of an international flight from Charlotte.
Joanne Snow is charged with interference with flight crew members and attendants, and assault on an officer or employee of the United States, according to court documents related to the case.
Snow’s erratic behavior disrupted both legs of American flight 704 from Charlotte to Frankfurt, Germany, on Nov. 23 and 24, according to a federal affidavit.
According to the affidavit by federal Air Marshal Joseph D. Fialka, who was assigned to the round trip, Snow slapped other flight attendants and shoved, punched or kicked at marshals. Fialka says that other flight attendants told him before takeoff from Charlotte that they had tried to have Snow removed from duty but that American did not replace her.
What’s interesting about this is that American apparently let Ms. Snow on a second flight after disrupting the first. A passenger would have been booted and probably placed immediately under arrest, not to mention likely ending up on a no-fly list.
Now, spending a lot of time in air travel can be stressful. Really stressful. But flight crew should be professionals, and accustomed to the vagaries of airline excursions. Ms. Snow should find herself seeking a new line of work after this outburst – one that doesn’t require travel.