Feds: Passenger hit, spit, bit others in flight fight
Detroit – A passenger aboard a Delta Air Lines flight had to be sedated and fitted with a restraining mask after she hit, spit, kicked and tried to bite people.
Camille Krueger was charged Wednesday in federal court with interfering with flight crew members and assaulting, resisting or impeding federal officers during a tumultuous flight last month. If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in federal prison.
Krueger, 61, of Indiana, was flying with her husband from Germany to Detroit on Jan. 14.
During the flight, Krueger had three glasses of wine, according to court records. By 12:50 p.m., flight attendants noticed Krueger hitting and kicking her husband and discovered she had bitten him, prosecutors alleged.
Two crew members tried to calm her down but she kept fighting, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer James Brown wrote in a court filing.
Krueger started to kick, spit and scream at the flight attendants, the officer wrote.
Crew members tried to restrain Krueger using plastic handcuffs.
“Krueger continued to resist by kicking, spitting and hitting flight crew members,” Brown wrote.
One flight attendant was kicked several times, the agent added.
The attempt to subdue Krueger failed.
So crew members asked a passenger, a military police officer, for help.
The military police officer succeeded in applying the handcuffs.
Then, the officer tried to strap Krueger into a seat.
“Krueger continued to resist by spitting, kicking and attempting to bite at anyone who got within range of her,” Brown wrote. “With the assistance of another male passenger, Krueger was finally secured in her seat for the remainder of the flight, which was approximately 11/2 hours.”
Customs and Border Protection officers and Wayne County fire and rescue personnel tried to remove Krueger from the plane after it landed at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
“She began to scream uncontrollably and resisted the officers by forcing her body back into her seat,” Brown wrote. “As the other passengers were deplaning, Krueger became assaultive towards the (Customs and Border Protection) officers by kicking and spitting at them.”
That’s when officers tried to strap Krueger back into her seat.
She tried to bite one officer, head-butted the officer and kicked a second officer in the legs, Brown wrote.
“A protective surgical mask and leg-brace restraints were placed on Krueger to prevent her from further spitting on or kicking the officers,” Brown wrote.
Officers managed to secure Krueger in a wheelchair, remove her from the plane and place her in a cell. She was so combative, officers could not perform a Breathalyzer test, according to court records.
Krueger was taken to an area hospital.
“Upon arrival she again became combative, resistant and non-compliant with medical staff and had to be sedated,” Brown wrote.