Arielle Jean Jackson
A female passenger was arrested and charged with aggravated assault Saturday evening for punching a Southwest Airlines flight attendant in the side of the head.
32-year-old Arielle Jean Jackson punched the flight attendant after the two got into a verbal disagreement.
According to police, the incident happened while Jackson was boarding a flight bound for New York City at Dallas Love Field Airport.
The flight attendant was taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition and was released later Saturday.
Fox News reported:
An employee for Southwest Airlines was hospitalized Saturday after she was allegedly assaulted by a passenger boarding a flight to New York City from Dallas Love Field.
The incident, which took place around 12:40 p.m., involved an allegedly unruly female passenger who police identified as Arielle Jean Jackson, 32.
Jackson “boarded the plane and went straight to the back” where she had a “verbal altercation with a flight attendant who instructed the suspect to leave the plane,” police said in a statement to Fox News.
The original police statement described the employee as a flight attendant; however, Southwest Airlines later clarified the victim was an operations agent.
The suspect then “went to the front of the plane where she had another verbal altercation with another flight attendant” and began “hitting her with a closed fist to the head,” police added Saturday night.