Woman Attacks Flight Crew

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 3:29pm

A woman on a US Airways flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Fort Myers, Florida had to be restrained after causing a disturbance during the trip Tuesday.

Flight 1697 crew members said Peggy Albedhady-Sanchez, 50, of Union City, New Jersey, appeared to be intoxicated and began to spit, kick and scream and even grabbed one flight attendants' arm when she was denied alcohol.

A second flight attendant tried to intervene, but according to the attendant, Albedhady-Sanchez slapped him across the jaw.

Seeing all this happen, an off duty Lee County, Florida sheriff's deputy grabbed Albedhady-Sanchez and brought her to the back of the plane.

Still being combative, she kicked a third flight attendant in the groin area and even kicked and broke an arm rest while the deputy tied her hands, according to reports.

Albedhady-Sanchez was observed by medics when the plane arrived at Southwest Florida International Airport, then arrested by police.

The three flight attendants were checked out by medics, one suffered some bruises and slight swelling to her wrist.

Flight attendants said the woman complained she was afraid of flying shortly before her outburst.

She was booked into the Lee County Jail on three counts of battery and interfering with the operation of an aircraft.

The FBI is investigating, and the woman could face federal charges.

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