Two Bronx women rerouted an American Airlines flight for “disruptive and unacceptable” behavior – including, according to reports, spitting on a passenger asking them to stop using racist slurs.
Kelly Pichardo, 30, and Leeza Rodriguez, 29) were on board Flight 776 from Dallas-Fort Worth to Los Angeles on Wednesday when a male passenger asked them to stop using the offensive language in the conversation, CBS DFW reported.
Pichardo allegedly spat on the man who then taped them, Phoenix Police Sgt.Mercedes Fortune told after the plane was diverted to the city of Arizona Sky Harbor International Airport.
Rodriguez was also accused of slapping the man’s hand to keep him from recording, Fortune said.
“Upon arrival, the flight was picked up by local law enforcement officials who removed and arrested two people for verbally and physically assaulting other customers and flight crew members,” American Airlines told CBS DFW in a statement.
“Their behavior was disruptive and unacceptable, and they were placed on the internal waste list pending further investigation. We are continuing to investigate this incident and working directly with affected customers to ensure their well-being, ”said the airline.
“We thank our crew members for their professionalism in dealing with a difficult situation,” he added.
Rodriguez has been charged with assault and disorderly conduct, while Pichardo is charged with disorderly conduct, according to the news agency.
The flight later continued to Los Angeles and arrived without further incident.