Three women from Long Island were charged Wednesday with beating a security officer at JFK airport after being denied access to their plane to Puerto Rico, prosecutors said.
Airline workers noted that the trio – Jordan Nixon, 21, Janessa Torres, 21, and Johara Zavala, 44, allegedly behaved belligerently before boarding a Delta plane en route to San Juan on September 22, according to federal prosecutors.
One of the women appeared to be intoxicated and another refused to wear her face mask properly, the prosecutor said.
A street worker told the flight crew the unruly behavior – and the captain decided that the women could not board the plane, the prosecutor said.
The women were asked by a security officer to leave the gate, but refused before one of them allegedly hit the worker with his own radio.
The porter was then attacked after trying to help the man, the prosecutor said.
Afterwards, the trio allegedly allegedly colluded with the security officer and punched and kicked him in the face while he was lying on the floor, the prosecutor said.
The two employees were taken to the hospital for treatment.
Long Islanders were charged with assault.