24-year-old Oregan resident Valerie Curbelo attempted to smoke in the bathroom of the Southwest Airlines plane after tampering with its smoke detector. After being caught, Ms Curbelo was then directed to her seat where she proceeded to scream at airline staff. She has pushed the flight attendant and shouted stating that she would kill everyone in the plane. She had to be restrained for the last 30 minutes of the flight and the authorities were waiting at the gate for her.
When questioned on why she attempted to smoke in the airplane bathroom she mentioned “anxiety”. She was struggling to find words when asked why she made death threats to everyone on the flight. She simply said: “I don’t know, it was not me. It was not me.” She could not even reveal why she was flying to the Californian city on Saturday.
Southwest Airlines said that all 136 passengers onboard the flight arrived safely. It also said that Ms Curbelo “violated federal laws by both smoking onboard an aircraft and by tampering with a smoke detector in an aircraft restroom. Ms Curbelo is currently being held at Sacramento County Main Jail with no release date, and her total bail currently amounts to $75,000. The enraged passenger will appear in court today.