Passenger with zipper, arrested after assault on flight attendants at Nashville airport

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Spirit Airlines passenger who assaulted several flight attendants, struck one and pulled another’s hair, was restrained by others on board with ties and charged with public intoxication on Saturday, according to an arrest warrant.

Police received a call Saturday night around 6 p.m. 19 from the airline regarding a disruptive passenger on an aircraft arriving at Nashville BNA International Airport. When Spirit Airlines arrived at the gate, Spirit Airlines’ flight crew informed officers that a female passenger had beaten a flight attendant and pulled someone else’s hair.

The passenger was identified as 42-year-old Amanda Henry, who according to a statement was publicly intoxicated. Police described Henry’s eyes as bloodshot and said she had a scent of alcohol so strong they could smell it while trying to carry her off the plane.

According to police, another passenger on the plane during the woman’s unruly vandalism tried to restrain her by tying her feet with a zipper. When the zipper was removed, police said Henry was unable to walk on his own and had to receive assistance from officers, to whom she screamed explosives.

While in the patrol car, officers said Henry said, “shoot me” several times as she stiffened her legs against the vehicle door.

Henry was charged with public intoxication.

Spirit Airlines said the flight crew did not want to raise charges against Henry. The airline also issued the following statement:

Law enforcement officers met Spirit Airlines aircraft NK222 upon arrival in Nashville from Fort Lauderdale and removed a passenger for unruly conduct. We do not tolerate aggressive behavior of any kind and this passenger is no longer welcome on any of our aircraft. Thanks to our guests who helped our crew and local law enforcement for their help. We will work with the relevant authorities to ensure that this person is prosecuted to the full extent of the law. “

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