Pepper spray, punches and razor in fight on plane at JFK
A flight from Jamaica turned into a fight at John F. Kennedy International Airport when a woman from Linden mixed it up with a Brooklyn woman, reports say.
The fight began when Mary Cannady of Linden, sitting in the middle seat of Jet Blue flight 960, shoved back at 61-year-old Jean Ballentine of Brooklyn as she climbed over her in an attempt to make her exit from the plane on Wednesday morning, Port Authority spokesman Joseph Pentangelo tells NJ.com.
Cannady pulled pepper spray out of her purse and sprayed Ballentine before both women were arrested, NJ.com quotes Pentangelo saying. Ballentine is charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal mischief; Cannady is charged with possession of tear gas.
The NJ.com report describes the incident as having occured at Newark Liberty International Airport, though several other reports say it was at JFK.
The pepper spray and razor would not have been allowed if the flight originated in the United States, reports CBS New York, but the Jamaican government is responsible for checking weapons in their country, not the TSA.
Port Authority Police interviewed other passengers and the flight crew as potential witnesses in the fight according to ABC 7 which reports five other passengers were also treated at the scene.