Alleged Airplane Smoker Threatens To 'Kill Everybody On This F**king Plane'
- Author: Adam Floyd Dec 14, 2017,
Dec 14, 2017, 3:09
Curbelo attempted to smoke in the bathroom of the plane during the flight, even tampering with the smoke detector hoping to hide her action.
A passenger told the news outlet the woman was removed from the plane's bathroom when people discovered she was smoking inside.
The incident happened on the 83-minute Southwest Airlines flight from Portland to Sacramento. When she was caught, witnesses say she became "uncontrollable" and then threatened to "kill everybody on this plane".
The suspect was identified as 24-year-old Valerie Curbelo of Sandy.
"You were saying some pretty threatening things like you were going to kill everybody on the plane, why did you say that?", Thompson asked.
Curbelo had to be physically forced back to her seat, and in her struggle she ripped an oxygen mask off the ceiling as she berated anyone within range. Curbello later went on to tell a CBS affiliate reporter that she had turned to smoking to try to quell her anxiety.
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"Our Crew handled the situation onboard until the plane landed and local authorities stepped", the statement said.
In shocking scenes, the woman - wearing sunglasses and a straw hat - roars in the face of airline staff.
Curbello was restrained by passengers and flight crew before being escorted off the plane and arrested upon landing, according to KOIN 6 News.
'The safety of our crew and passengers is our top priority and we take all threats seriously.
'The flight carried 136 customers and a crew of five'.
The station also announced that Curbelo is now booked in the Sacramento county jail for making criminal threats.
She remains in Sacramento County Jail on $75,000 bail ahead of a 1:30 p.m. scheduled arraignment Tuesday.