Flier Won't Get Off Phone, Is Dragged Off Plane

Lindsay Bien-aime allegedy kicks deputy in the groin in the process

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 25, 2013 2:22 PM CDT

(Newser) – Another attempt to stay on the phone during takeoff did not end well for an airplane passenger Sunday. Lindsay Bien-aime allegedly refused to comply with multiple orders from the US Airways crew on the Fort Lauderdale-Charlotte flight to end her conversation, so the plane was forced to stop taxiing to the runway and return to the gate. There, sheriff's deputies boarded the plane and tried to remove Bien-aime, KLTV reports ... and that's when things got really interesting, as YouTube video shot by other passengers shows.

Bien-aime was having none of it, and to say she uses a bit of foul language in the video would be an understatement. When it became obvious she was not going to remove herself from the plane, deputies had to do it for her, as she screamed and ranted. And, according to the police report, "scratched, kicked, and violently resisted," allegedly kicking one deputy in the groin, scratching two others, and elbowing one in the face. Keep in mind this was all happening around 6:30 in the morning, and her 2-year-old son watched the whole thing. Needless to say, she's facing a raft of charges.

A US Airways jet at the Philadelphia International Airport in this file photo.
A US Airways jet at the Philadelphia International Airport in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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