Federal prosecutors in Tennessee announced that Amanda Renee Henry, 43, (pictured)  turned herself into the FBI agents in Nashville on Tuesday
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‘Drunk’ Spirit Airlines passenger, 43, who made ‘lewd sexual advances’ toward passengers until she was zip-tied to her chair is charged by FBI and faces 20 years in jail

  • Federal prosecutors in Tennessee announced that Amanda Renee Henry, 43, turned herself in to the FBI agents in Nashville on Tuesday
  • On the November 29, Henry ‘acted flirtatious’ and ‘made lewd sexual advances’ toward male passengers on a Spirit Airlines flight to Nashville
  • When a crew member asked Henry  to move, she refused, grabbed her carry-on bags and ran toward the front of the plane screaming, ‘I’m getting off this plane’ while it was still midair
  • A passenger was able to restrain Henry’s feet with zip ties, and she resisted getting into a police car at Nashville International Airport
  • She was charged with public intoxication, the court records show, but after spending the night in jail, she was released and the case was dismissed
  • After further investigation by the FBI, Henry was charged with interfering with flight crew members and attendants, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years

A drunk Spirit Airlines passenger who was zip-tied by fellow passengers after allegedly attacking two flight attendants has been charged by federal prosecutors. 

Federal prosecutors in Tennessee announced that Amanda Renee Henry, 43, turned herself in to FBI agents in Nashville on Tuesday after an alcohol-fueled incident on a Spirit Airlines flight from Fort Lauderdale to Nashville last month.

On the November 29 flight, Henry ‘acted flirtatious’ and ‘made lewd sexual advances’ toward male passengers, placing her hands on two of them, a criminal complaint said. 

Federal prosecutors in Tennessee announced that Amanda Renee Henry, 43, (pictured)  turned herself into the FBI agents in Nashville on Tuesday

Federal prosecutors in Tennessee announced that Amanda Renee Henry, 43, (pictured)  turned herself into the FBI agents in Nashville on Tuesday

On the November 29, Henry 'acted flirtatious' and 'made lewd sexual advances' toward male passengers on a Spirit Airlines flight to Nashville

On the November 29, Henry ‘acted flirtatious’ and ‘made lewd sexual advances’ toward male passengers on a Spirit Airlines flight to Nashville 

The passengers asked to be moved away from Henry who ‘became disruptive and appeared to be intoxicated.’ Crew members decided to move Henry instead because she was seated at an emergency exit, court documents said. 

But when a crew member asked the 43-year-old to move, she refused, grabbed her carry-on bag and ran toward the front of the plane screaming, ‘I’m getting off this plane’ while the flight was still midair.

Henry kicked and hit a flight attendant who blocked the main cabin door, as well as another flight attendant who tried to restrain her, the criminal complaint said. 

A passenger was able to restrain Henry’s feet with zip ties before the plane landed at Nashville International Airport, where she resisted getting into a police vehicle, officials said.

The affidavit said she smelled of alcohol, slurred her words and had bloodshot eyes. She told officers she drank ‘a lot’, it added.  

After being arrested, she yelled at them several times, using expletives. She said, ‘I didn’t do anything wrong’ and ‘shoot me,’ documents show.

As she was being put into the police cruiser, she reportedly stiffened her legs to prevent officers from closing the door.

She was charged with public intoxication, court records show. After spending the night in jail, Henry was released and the case was dismissed.  

After further investigation by the FBI, the 43-year-old was charged with interfering with flight crew members and attendants, which carries an up to 20-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine.

‘Henry’s actions while seated in the exit row required Flight Attendants 1 and 2 to forego their other duties to relocate Henry and other passengers for aircraft safety,’ the complaint said. ‘Flight Attendants 1 and 2 were also forced to neglect their normal duties as they restrained Henry as she ran through the aircraft, was returned to her new seat, and withstood her physical assaults while they tried to secure her in her new seat.’ 

Spirit Airlines spokesperson Nicole Aguiar said Henry was banned from the airline. ‘We do not tolerate aggressive behavior of any kind, and this passenger is no longer welcome on any of our flights.’

‘Thank you to our guests who assisted our crew and local law enforcement for their assistance,’ she added. ‘We will work with the relevant authorities to ensure this individual is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.’

Violent incidents on airplanes have soared since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, largely due to passenger frustrations at measures in place to stem the spread.   

According to the New York Post, a survey last month found 85 percent of flight attendants had been confronted by unruly passengers during the pandemic.

It also found that nearly one in five had been attacked.

Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has received more than 5,000 reports of unruly passengers, and so far in 2021 has investigated more than 1,000 incidents – five times more than in 2020, according to the agency.

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