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Australian woman charged with fighting with flight crew aboard flight to LAX

By in Press Enterprise on October 23, 2017

By Larry Altman

An Australian woman traveling from Brisbane to Los Angeles last week climbed aboard a sleeping passenger’s lap, kicked and tried to bite and punch two flight attendants, and screamed profanities for hours after she was restrained, an FBI affidavit alleges.

Amy Louise McHugh, 32, of Melbourne admitted to FBI agents who arrested her at Los Angeles International Airport that she drank four glasses of wine, took double the dosage of her antihistamine and remembered nothing more about what happened aboard Virgin Australia Airlines Flight 7.

Charged Thursday

Federal prosecutors charged McHugh on Thursday with interfering with the airline crew, specifically by kicking a flight attendant in her back, knocking her down and attempting to punch her, and scratching and attempting to bite another.

The trouble began about three hours into the 12-hour flight Wednesday, when the male passenger sitting behind McHugh — whom she had just met -— awakened to find her sitting on top of him. According to the affidavit, McHugh unzipped her hooded sweatshirt and said, “I’ll make it worth your while.”

The man thought McHugh was joking and laughed it off.

Threw headphones

A short time later, McHugh got up from her seat with her headphones in her hand and began walking backward down the aisle. A flight attendant asked if she was OK, but McHugh appeared dazed and unresponsive. McHugh, whose belongings were scattered in the aisle, then threw her headphones, hitting the flight attendant in the feet, the affidavit said.

The flight attendant helped her back to her seat, but, a few minutes later, McHugh began walking around the cabin and ran when the flight attendant approached her.

Melbourne woman arrested by @FBILosAngeles @CBP @LAAirportPD following flight to LAX, charged by @CDCANews w/ interfering with flight crew. pic.twitter.com/lHRXBAHrJz

— FBI LosAngeles (@FBILosAngeles) October 21, 2017

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