|Woman becomes disruptive, flight forced to land in Alaska.|
A flight from New York to Shanghai had to be diverted after a drunk passenger became unruly.
The first-class female passenger became so disruptive after consuming five glasses of wine that the flight was forced to divert to Alaska, the Anchorage Daily News reported.
Stephanie Heizmann Auerbach was charged with interference of flight crew and members and was held at the Hiland Mountain Correctional Centre for women in Anchorage, Alaska.
Ms Auerbach owns a fashion company in Shanghai.
Charging documents from FBI agents’ interviews with crew and other passengers revealed the 47 year-old female drank five glasses of wine within 90 minutes of departure, then began pacing up and down the aisle, yelling profanities and climbing on seats.
A flight attendant asked her to return to her seat five times and she declined.
“Auerbach spilt alcohol on passenger A.J. and grabbed A.J.’s wrist to place a bracelet on A.J. (She) declined to wear the bracelet and asked Auerbach to leave her alone,” FBI documents revealed.
“In response, Auerbach swore at A.J. and demanded that a flight attendant give her A.J.’s name… a flight attendant intervened and returned Auerbach to her assigned seat…. Auerbach alarmed A.J. and it appeared to A.J. that Auerbach was attempting to gain access to the pilot.”
Auerbach was issued a written ‘refusal of safety notice’ and after ignoring the pilot’s request to follow crew instructions, he diverted the flight to Anchorage.
“The flight crew is in charge of the safety of the aircraft and the passengers on board, and they did what they thought was necessary in this case,” Delta spokeswoman Leslie Scott said.
Upon landing, Anchorage police removed, detained and charged Auerbach, with reports claiming she was ‘physically combative’.
Ms Auerbach was travelling with two children, who were permitted to continue to Shanghai.