A passenger who assaulted the flight crew, "flirtatiously" touched a passenger's head and threw food faces up to 20 years in prison for her disorderly conduct. (iStock)
A JetBlue passenger was charged with interfering with flight crew for her disorderly and drunken conduct aboard a flight in July.
Robin Ducore was on a flight from the Dominican Republic to New York City on July 29, 2017, when she allegedly had four glasses of wine in a two-hour period, and then inappropriately touched a passenger and assaulted a flight attendant.
Ducore’s erratic behavior forced the crew to divert the flight and make an emergency landing at Washington Dulles International Airport, according to a criminal complaint, Travel + Leisure reports.
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According to court documents, an intoxicated Ducore began “to touch in a flirtatious manner the back of the head of the male passenger sitting next to her, an individual whom (the flight attendant) did not believe that Ducore knew.”
The flight attendant intervened, asking Ducore to stop touching the man, who the flight attendant said “appeared uncomfortable with this unsolicited touching.”
When Ducore refused to stop, the flight attendant moved the male passenger to another seat, angering Ducore further. According to the documents, the move caused Ducore to become “upset” and she “began cursing and became verbally abusive towards (the flight attendant).”
NEW: Woman aboard JETBLUE flight en route to New York City charged w/ interfering w/ flight crew. FBI says she "flirtatiously" touched male passenger, drank 4 glasses of wine, threw food and broke free from handcuffs. Flight made emergency landing at DULLES. pic.twitter.com/EPjs1lKRSA— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) February 12, 2018
At one point the flight attendant offered Ducore food and water to “become more sober,” but she reportedly threw them across the plane.
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As her behavior worsened, Ducore was placed in flex cuffs, which she broke out of and then kicked the flight attendant in the leg.
Ducore’s attorney Nina Ginsberg blames the airline for her clients actions, telling Travel + Leisure that Ducore was drunk before getting on the plane.
"The airline let her board the flight when she was visibly intoxicated and they served her," she said.
Though Ducore passed out 20 minutes before landing, the plane continued on its diverted route to Dulles airport.
If convicted, Ducore could face up to 20 years in prison.