Woman arrested after yelling she’d kill everyone on Southwest flight
Officials say a woman has been arrested after trying to smoke on a Southwest flight from Portland to Sacramento, then shouting she was going to kill everyone on the plane.
In video obtained by CBS13 in Sacramento, the woman — identified as 24-year-old Valerie Curbelo of Sandy, Ore. — is shown wearing a white hat and sunglasses as she spews profanities and threats at the crew and pushes a flight attendant.
Southwest said in a statement Monday that the plane received priority treatment from air traffic control to land quickly in Sacramento, and law enforcement met the plane on the tarmac to arrest her.
In a jailhouse interview with CBS13, Curbelo said she tried to smoke because of anxiety.
She said she didn’t know why she made the death threats, adding that the person doing that “was not me.”
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