A woman is accused of scuffling with flight attendants and passengers on a San Francisco-bound flight and threatening to open a cabin door in mid-flight, authorities said.
The woman told flight attendants aboard United Airlines Flight 179 from Boston on Sunday, "I'm calling 911 because the plane is being hijacked," according to an FBI affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
Erin Callahan Lambert, 28, also said, "I'm getting off the aircraft" and threatened to open the cabin door while the plane was airborne, according to the affidavit.
After taking a passenger's seat and trying to take her own dog in a carrier to the restroom, she fought with passengers and flight attendants and spat at them, authorities said. She was restrained with plastic ties.
Prosecutors charged her Monday with assaulting a flight attendant and interfering with the duties of flight crew members. Messages left for listings for "E. Lambert" and "Erin Lambert" were not immediately returned.
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Woman accused of making hijacking statements, spitting at flight attendants and passengers and trying to open a cabin door pleaded guilty in federal court.
Lambert was originally charged in January with interference with flight crew members, a felony that could have sent her to prison for a maximum of 20 years. But in February, prosecutors amended the...
"I'm calling 911 because the plane is being hijacked," Callahan Lambert, 28, told flight attendants, who she later spat at and fought with.
Mayo was to appear in federal court later Thursday on a charge of interfering with a flight crew after disrupting United 923 as it flew from London to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.