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US Airways passenger attacks flight crew after refused alcohol

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A passenger aboard a US Airways flight that originated in New Jersey with a stop in Charlotte on its way to Florida has been arrested after witnesses say she attacked crew members before being wrestled to the jet's floor.

Lee County Port Authority spokeswoman Victoria Moreland said Wednesday her agency's police arrested Peggy Albedhady-Sanchez, 50, of Union City, New Jersey. US Airways spokesman Bill McGlashen said he didn't know how early in the flight the passenger became unruly.

The police report says Albedhady-Sanchez grabbed flight attendant Cynthia Pugh-Knuth by the wrist and was cursing, spitting, kicking and screaming after being refused alcoholic beverages.

A second flight attendant, Clayton Lee, attempted to intervene and was slapped in the jaw by Albedhady-Sanchez, according to the report.

Michael Mudge, an off duty law enforcement officer with the Lee County Sheriff's Office, was onboard the flight and restrained Albehady-Sanchez and took her to the back of the plane where she continued to be combative.

She kicked a third flight attendant, Bruce Powell, in the groin before she was placed in plastic restraints, according to the report.

After the plane landed safely in Fort Myers, Albedhady-Sanchez was taken into custody and charged with three counts of battery and interfering with a flight crew.

The incident came hours after passengers restrained the agitated pilot of a JetBlue flight from New York to Las Vegas.

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