Thursday, August 04, 2005

Florida Woman Accused Of Trying To Open Jet Door In Flight

A Florida woman accused of trying to open a United Airlines jet exit door as the flight descended into Seattle was arrested when the plane landed safely,Port of Seattle police said. Flight 1195, en route from Denver, was reportedly at an altitude of about 4,000 feet Wednesday when the 52-year-old woman from Dania Beach,sitting at the rear of the Boeing 737,left her seat and tried to open an exit door.Authorities did not release the woman's name.

She failed but "she did manage to turn the handle far enough that a warning light went on in the cockpit," Seattle-Tacoma International Airport spokesman Bob Parker told KING-TV."Ultimately, at the urging of the flight attendant, she went and sat back down," he said. Those on board said no one tried to physically restrain the woman. Parker said those who saw her at the door made a "conscious choice" to stay securely belted in their seats just in case she did manage to open the door.The woman was arrested for investigation of malicious mischief when the plane landed at 1:30 p.m.

Port police were investigating whether alcohol and prescription medication were involved.A United spokesman did not immediately return a call for comment


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