Woman Accused of Using Liquid Soap Chaser Before Trying to Bite Flight Crew
BANGOR, Maine – A British woman allegedly had an in-flight meal of prescription drugs, wine and liquid soap — before trying to bite the crew of a London-bound jetliner.
Galina Rusanova punched and kicked flight attendants on the Chicago-based United Airlines flight after downing two or three bottles of wine, prescription drugs and liquid soap from the jet's lavatory, prosecutors said.
As the scuffle escalated, Rusanova snapped "like a dog" while trying to bite an attendant, prosecutors said.
The FBI said the Russian-born London resident had gone to Los Angeles to visit a man she met over the Internet and was returning Wednesday when her flight was diverted to Bangor.
Rusanova appeared in U.S. District Court for a detention hearing there Monday, where she's charged with assault and interference with a flight crew.
No one answered the phone at defense lawyer Matthew Erickson's office.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.