A woman on a Southwest Airlines flight from Portland, Oregon, to Sacramento, California, would have killed for the chance to smoke a cigarette Saturday.
At least, that’s what she said.
Valerie Curbelo was arrested and charged with the felony of making a death threat after coming unhinged when flight attendants prevented her from smoking.
Curbelo attempted to smoke in the bathroom of the plane during the flight, even tampering with the smoke detector hoping to conceal her action.
A flight attendant discovered what she was doing and broke into the bathroom, getting her out. That’s when things got ugly.
Curbelo had to be physically forced back to her seat, and in her struggle she ripped an oxygen mask off the ceiling as she berated anyone within range.
“I have a destination for myself!” Curbelo yelled. “I swear, if you don’t … land, I will f***ing kill everybody on this f***ing plane!”
It took a group effort of passengers and plane crew to restrain the woman for the next 30 minutes until it landed, on schedule, in Sacramento.
When asked by a CBS 13 reporter (while in jail) what happened, Curbelo said she tried to smoke because of “the anxiety.”
But why did she threaten to kill people?
“I don’t know, Curbelo said. “It was not me. It was not me.”