Plane’s intercom phone used as weapon by passenger.
A passenger headed to Florida is facing assault charges after allegedly hitting a Frontier flight attendant with an intercom phone at Denver International Airport, according to police.
The passenger – identified by Denver police as Shuri Turner – was asked to deplane a Tampa-bound flight after she “became belligerent onboard,” according to a statement from Frontier Airlines.
On her way out of the aircraft, “she picked up an intercom phone and struck a flight attendant with it.”
The extent of the employee’s injuries is not known.
Denver police arrested Turner and charged her with assault, according to Denver7, a local ABC affiliate. Police said she was cited, released and booked on a flight home.
As for the original Tampa flight, it took off four hours after the incident.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unruly Passenger Statistics, there have been 670 reports to date in 2023. While there were 2,455 reports in 2022, the year 2021 fared the worst, with 5,973 reports.
The Association of Flight Attendant-CWA, which represents 50,000 flight attendants across various airlines including Frontier, issued a statement in support of the flight attendant.
“Violence has no place anywhere and certainly not in a mode of transportation that requires strict procedures to keep everyone safe. That’s why Flight Attendants, Passenger Service Agents, and Pilots are trained to keep problems on the ground,” the statement said.
“When incidents like this happen, it not only risks the safety of the workers involved, it takes away from Flight Attendants’ and other aviation workers’ ability to respond to medical, safety, or security emergencies. Bottom line: it puts everyone at risk and there’s zero tolerance for that.”