A woman was arrested Sunday after she allegedly attacked an American Airlines flight attendant on the flight from Miami to New York.
The alleged assault occurred midway through the flight. Chenasia Campbell, 28, is accused of striking a flight attendant several times and knocking the woman to the ground.
According to a criminal complaint, Campbell left her seat and followed one of the flight attendants to the crew area of the plane, and began yelling saying they did not pick up her garbage.
A second flight attendant attempted to separate Campbell from her colleague. According to the complaint, Campbell then punched the second flight attendant and pulled her hair.
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Campbell then briefly walked away but returned and approached the second flight attendant in the crew area and began yelling obscenities, according to the criminal complaint.
Campbell then stated “cops aren’t going to do anything to me,” and then punched the flight attendant again, according to the complaint.
The flight attendant crew requested that the captain land the plane, but
that request was denied. An off-duty New York City Police officer aboard the flight intervened and placed Campbell in hand restraints for the remainder of the flight.
The plane landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport where Campbell was taken into custody.
The flight attendant sustained scrapes to the arm and cheek, bruises to the forehead and leg, swollen hands from defending herself, and a strained neck as a result of being pulled to the floor by the suspect.
The flight attendant was later evaluated by medical personnel at JFK and refused additional medical assistance.