The woman arrested on Sunday for repeatedly assaulting one flight attendant and verbally assaulting another is reportedly under mental health treatment after being released on $ 15,000 bail. Chenasia Campbell, 28, is said to have become enraged because her trash was not picked up by the crew members.
The alleged assault occurred midway through an American Airlines flight from Miami to New York. Campbell, of Brooklyn, New York, is accused of repeatedly hitting a flight attendant and knocking the woman to the ground.
An officer from the New York Police Department on leave was also on board the plane at the time of Campbell’s alleged misconduct. A criminal complaint filed on Monday reports that the officer overpowered the aggressive passenger and placed her in restraints, in which she remained for the remainder of the flight to New York.
The criminal complaint was filed in the Eastern District of New York. He claims Campbell followed the first flight attendant down the aisle, during which time she complained that no one was picking up her trash. A second attendant attempted to intervene and physically separate the two women, according to the complaint.
However, the attempt to defuse the situation apparently backfired on the second flight attendant when Campbell grew furious over his involvement and allegedly pulled the second flight attendant’s hair.
Campbell subsequently pulled away but yelled at another passenger in the process. She then quickly returned to yell obscenities at the second flight attendant, according to the complaint.
The court document reports that Campbell at one point shouted, “The cops are not going to do anything to me” before hitting the flight attendant with closed fists.
When the plane landed at JFK Airport in New York City, Campbell was removed from the craft and taken into custody.
The criminal complaint also noted that the flight attendant Campbell allegedly assaulted had scrapes, bruises and a strained neck, but reportedly refused to receive medical attention.
Campbell appeared by teleconference in federal court in Brooklyn Monday afternoon on federal charges of interference with a flight crew. She was released on $ 15,000 bail with travel restrictions imposed.
Campbell’s public defender James Darrow said at the hearing his client is currently participating in a state-run mental health treatment program.
According to the legal website FindLaw.com, acts of interference with a flight crew “that do not quite increase to the level of criminal conduct may still warrant heavy fines by the FAA.” These civil penalties can result in fines of up to $ 25,000 per violation, and multiple violations can result from a single incident.
However, Findlaw.com also notes that incidents of flight crew interference that involve physical assault can result in up to 20 years in jail and fines of up to $ 250,000.
Newsweek has contacted American Airlines and Darrow for comment.