L.A. Woman Accused of Unruly Behavior Escorted Off JetBlue Flight
A female passenger who was jailed after being accused of unruly behavior on a JetBlue flight from Los Angeles to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. on Christmas Eve claimed she was attacked by airplane personnel, according to CBS affiliate WFOR.
Trisha Sen allegedly scratched a pilot before struggling with flight attendants during a red eye flight, WFOR reported.
In a statement, JetBlue confirmed that the woman was restrained on board.
The company also said in the statement that Sen “scratched and possibly bit a JetBlue Crewmember.”
An off-duty Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputy on the flight restrained Sen until the plane landed. Broward Sheriff’s deputies then took her into custody.
“Strangest flight yet – red eye, lady goes nuts and starts yelling all over the place, she is cuffed and subdued in the back of the plane,” a passenger on the plane tweeted.
Sen was released from jail on bond Thursday, according to WFOR.
“I did not hit them,” Sen said following her release. “It was self-defense because they were beating me.”
Sen showed her bruises to reporters and maintained that she did not instigate the incident.
“This was done to me on the airplane because the stewardess said I wasn’t complying with her well enough,” she said. “So she had the entire staff attack me. And then I was arrested.”
The Broward Sheriff’s Office said Sen was pacing in the aisle after a flight attendant wouldn’t serve her another drink, WFOR reported.
Sen claimed she was not drunk.
“The woman decided to cut me off, which is fine, that’s their right. I just tried to get back to my seat and I was attacked,” she said.
Sen was supposed to meet her family in Colombia for Christmas, according to WFOR.
Instead, she was in court Christmas morning to face charges over the incident.
JetBlue has since released another statement. The company provided no new information, but reiterated their confirmation that Sen was restrained on the plane and that “the customer scratched another person onboard.”
CNN contributed to this report.