Unruly woman attempted to breach cockpit of plane after drink order refused

A passenger jet was forced to make an emergency landing after an "unruly woman" in first class allegedly tried to enter the cockpit because she was upset at not being served a drink.

The American Airlines flight from Jacksonville, Florida, to Washington DC, was forced to touch down in North Carolina at about 3.40pm on Wednesday (February 22) "due to a security concern involving an unruly customer".

The Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, said Tiffany Miles, 36, was arrested on a misdemeanour charge and was released on bond.

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In radio transmissions from Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority Police, officers were heard saying Miles "tried to breach the cockpit" and was "being somewhat restrained by the flight crew and other passengers".

The Federal Aviation Administration said she charged at the cockpit door.

Passenger Kara Rosario told the news channel ABC 11 that Miles got upset when she wasn’t being served her drink, and that another passenger got up to help the flight staff as they tried to calm the woman down.

FBI spokesman Shelley Lynch said: "The FBI is currently conducting interviews to gather the facts and will consult with the US Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of North Carolina to determine if federal charges will be filed."

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American Airline's Derek Walls told ABC 11 in a statement: "Safety and security are our top priorities, and we thank our customers for their co-operation and our team members for their professionalism in managing a difficult situation."

US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg posted on Twitter on Wednesday night that he was briefed on "a Level 4 disruption" on the flight, with the agency working on a rule that would require new planes to have a second barrier to the cockpit.


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