Three Women Charged for Assaulting Delta Airlines Employee
Three women were charged on Thursday in connection to a beating of a Delta Air Lines security officer at John F. Kennedy International Airport in September, the Justice Department said.
The women — Jordan Nixon, 21, Janessa Torres, 21, and Johara Zavala, 44 — were charged and arrested for allegedly attacking a Delta security officer on a jetway at JFK after all three were denied boarding because of their “apparent intoxication,” prosecutors said.
Prosecutors allege that the three women ordered a total of nine alcoholic beverages while they waited for their flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico, which had been rescheduled to later that afternoon.
“A member of the Flight crew and the Captain exited the airplane and observed the three defendants; they determined that all three defendants should be denied boarding because they were acting belligerent, one of the defendants was refusing to wear her mask properly, and Zavala was visibly disoriented and possibly intoxicated,” prosecutors allege.
Aircraft crew denied boarding to the three women, giving them a chance to rebook their flight, at which point prosecutors say that Nixon took the security officer’s radio and hit them with it repeatedly.
A gate agent was allegedly punched in the face by Zavala after trying to assist the security officer, who later fell to the ground only to be beaten by all three women as the gate agent tried to secure more help.
Prosecutors say both the gate agent and security officer went to a hospital for their injuries.
According to The Washington Post, all three women have pleaded not guilty.