Woman assaults assistant at Albany International Airport for delayed flight
No one likes not knowing what’s going on at the airport.
An incident reportedly occurred at Albany International Airport last week after a flight was delayed and then canceled. An agitated passenger reportedly entered a restricted area of the airport and assaulted an officer.
Passengers who were scheduled to leave the airport on Friday on an Allegiant flight were delayed due to a mechanical problem on the plane, Spectrum News 1 reports. According to reports, passengers still believed the flight would take again and became agitated when they found out the flight had been canceled.
The media also reports that several passengers got drunk while waiting for the delayed / canceled flight.
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Several passengers got annoyed about being able to access their luggage, News 10 reports. According to the media outlet, a woman named Jamie Ecker followed an Allegiant Air employee to a restricted area of the airport.
According to Spectrum News 1, she was trying to retrieve her luggage from the plane. She allegedly assaulted an Albany deputy while they were taking her into custody for entering a restricted area.
Sheriff Albany Craig Apple told News 10, “We had an individual – again, who was intoxicated – traveled to a secure area due to Allegiant Air’s negligence. Allegiant Air has therefore compromised the safety and security of the airport. I am extremely upset about this. We will discuss this with Allegiant on Monday morning. “
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In a statement obtained by News 10, an airport spokesperson said: “The incident occurred at 9:07 pm after an eight-hour delay and the possible cancellation of Allegiant Airlines’ Albany-Nashville flight. MPs arrested Jamie, 34, E. Ecker of Peru, NY, after she walked behind the Allegiant counter and sued an Allegiant representative to retrieve her luggage. Allegiant did not allow the ramp safety door to close before proceeding to the ramp Subject was able to pass the door before it closed and gain access to the ramp area where she was arrested. This issue is being addressed with the Allegiant Company. “