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Woman Holding A Baby Threatened To Kill Flight Attendant On Flight To Chicago, Video Shows

The incident comes just days after flight attendants canvassed Midway Airport and urged lawmakers to better protect them from passenger abuse.

A United Airlines plane sits at its gate at O’Hare International Airport’s Terminal 1 on June 30, 2022.
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O’HARE — Police removed a passenger from O’Hare early Sunday after she threatened to kill a United Airlines fight attendant while flying to Chicago from San Francisco, according to authorities and a video of the incident.

A viral TikTok video documenting the incident shows a woman — holding a baby on her hip — physically confronting a flight attendant while shouting, “I will kill you. I will f—ing kill you.”

The women was recorded pushing the flight attendant further down the aisle as other airline staffers urged her to return to her seat for landing.

Around 6 a.m. Sunday, officers took the passenger into custody at the gate at O’Hare due to a “disturbance that had occurred on a plane,” police said. Three people were hospitalized for observation and the FBI is still investigating, police said.

No serious injuries were reported, a United Airlines spokesperson said.

“A disruptive customer on a flight from San Francisco to Chicago was removed by law enforcement upon landing on Sunday, and one member of the flight attendant crew was taken to a hospital for evaluation,” the United spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “We’re grateful to our crew for handling this difficult situation with professionalism and for putting the safety of our team and our customers first.”

A follow-up TikTok from the passenger who posted the confrontation said the woman was yelling “gibberish” throughout the flight and that “Jesus Christ our savior was going to save us.” The woman stood up for the restroom with her baby while the plane was preparing to land, prompting flight attendants to tell her to sit back down, the passenger said. That’s when the passenger started recording, she said.

Last week, airline employees held a news conference at Midway Airport calling for better protections for workers among an uptick in violent and unruly passengers.

RELATED: ‘Flight Attendants Urge Lawmakers To Better Protect Them From Passenger Abuse’

In 2021, there were 5,981 reported incidents regarding unruly passengers and violence toward aviation workers, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. There have been more than 2,000 incidents reported in 2022. 

“People are more stressed, they’re angrier, there’s more rules they don’t want to comply with, but I don’t think it can all be chalked up to the pandemic,” Stacy Bassford, a flight attendant for 22 years, said at the Midway demonstration last week. “I’ve been grabbed by irate passengers, I’ve been sexually assaulted on the plane, and these things predate the pandemic.” 

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