Woman threatens to kill fellow Southwest passengers, crew

14 December, 2017, 03:07 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Woman threatens to kill fellow Southwest passengers, crew

The airline confirmed she had been caught by another passenger smoking on board and tampering with a smoke detector in the plane's bathroom.

According to sources, flight attendants caught Valerie Curbelo attempting to smoke in the bathroom.

Flight attendants forced their way in and escorted the woman back to her seat.

"I swear, if you don't fucking land, I will fucking kill everybody on this fucking plane!" the woman can be heard yelling on the Southwest flight from Portland, Oregon to Sacramento on Saturday. She is facing the charge of making criminal threats.

"I will kill everybody on this f***ing plane!" she screamed.

The passenger, identified by KOVR as 24-year-old Valerie Curbelo, spoke with the station from jail on Sunday.

One witness said Curbelo started complaining of anxiety and demanding that they land at a different destination.


"Our Crew in command of Flight 2943 traveling from Portland on Saturday afternoon safely landed on-time in Sacramento following an inflight disturbance".

Federal regulations prohibit smoking on an aircraft or tampering with a smoke detector, which is typically punished by a fine.

In response, the pilot declared an emergency to receive priority landing from air traffic control, Southwest Airlines told the Sacramento Bee.

"The safety of our crew and passengers is our top priority, and we take all safety violations seriously", Southwest Airlines said in a statement to Business Insider.

But Curbelo couldn't say exactly what she was anxious about or what made her act that way.

'The flight carried 136 customers and a crew of five'.

A friend of Curbello's told KOIN 6 News that she had taken Curbello to a mental health crisis center days before her trip.

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