Stressed-Out Woman Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Flight Attendant
Jan. 22, 1992
DENVER (AP) _ A mother who says she swore at a flight attendant because she was stressed- out after a family vacation to Walt Disney World pleaded guilty to simple assault and was fined $500.
Jane Ann Levy of Aurora told U.S. Magistrate Richard Borchers on Tuesday that she lost her temper on the Jan. 1 flight home from Orlando, Fla., with her three young children and her husband, who had the flu.
Other passengers aboard the Continental Airlines flight told the FBI that in addition to swearing at attendant Tracy Able, Levy grabbed Able by the arms, twisted her wrists and pushed her into a seat.
Levy said she was stressed out from the trip and finally lost her temper because her 20-month-old daughter was wailing inconsolably, had wet her pants ''and there was no way to get to the bathroom.''
''I feel my intention was not to hurt Tracy,'' Levy told the judge. ''I used bad language, and I'm sorry about that. I feel punished enough.''
But Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Graf said that none of the other witnesses to the incident corroborated Levy's version.
''She denies she pushed (Able),'' Graf said, ''but 20 people said she did.''