Drunks Don’t Fly Free: Woman Thrown Off Southwest Flight

Colorado, Travel News — By David Chalk on May 7, 2010 at 8:02 am

“Let’s get this over with!” Reportedly that was what 51-year-old Laura Huser repeatedly yelled out yesterday during the safety instructions as her Denver-bound Southwest flight prepared to take off from Indianapolis.  When Huser wouldn’t simmer down, Flight 187 returned to the gate, where it took no less than three police officers to handcuff the middle-aged woman and remove her from the plane.

The police report notes that the three officers had to leave their duties elsewhere in the airport, compromising airport security.  The report says Huser “became somewhat combative when placing her under arrest, which required all three officers to participate in the handcuffing.”  Huser is also described as smelling strongly of alcohol, and having bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.

A few minutes after the officers managed to get Huser off the plane, the flight left for Denver, presumably with no further interruptions of the preflight safety instructions.

Huser was arrested and faces charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct. She was released from jail later in the day on $1,500 bond.

Next time you’re at the airport bar wondering if you have time for one more cocktail, please take a moment to think of Laura Huser and whether or not you’ll be able to keep it together as your flight attendant drones on about safety exits and flotation devices.

[Images: Indy Channel, Business Week]

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