A Utah man has been arrested and charged after holding a razor to a woman’s neck during a flight.
Meryl Darrell Fackrell, 41, was on a JetBlue flight from New York to Salt Lake City on Nov. 21 when she allegedly assaulted the passenger next to her. According to Department of Justice
He was sitting in a window seat in a row with a married woman and a man and allegedly folded his hands in front of the woman’s screen asking her to stop her movie. According to the DOJ, the woman alleged that she took off her headphones and realized that Fackrell had what appeared to be a knife inches from her neck.
The object was later identified as a straight-edged razor with a one- to two-inch blade.
The woman’s husband got up to alert the flight attendant. The woman turned toward the aisle and Fackrell grabbed her shoulder and tried to stop her.
A JetBlue spokesperson said in a statement to CBS News that the alleged incident occurred near the end of the flight.
“Crew members responded by working to de-escalate the situation and notified law enforcement who met with the flight in Salt Lake City,” the spokesperson said. “The safety of our customers and crew members is JetBlue’s first priority, and we will assist law enforcement during their investigation.”
A fellow passenger on the plane recorded a video of Fackrell being escorted out by police after landing. The witness claims a good Samaritan stepped in to disarm and calm Fackrell.
According to the Justice Department, the U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a complaint on Nov. 22 charging Fackrell with carrying a weapon on a plane and assault with a dangerous weapon under the United States’ special aircraft jurisdiction.
The case is being investigated by the Salt Lake City Police Department and an FBI task force.
A spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said the administration is “very concerned about the number of unruly passengers who engage in disruptive behavior during flights.”
TSA is working with law enforcement on this case.
“We take our responsibility to keep the skies safe for the traveling public very seriously and are introducing new X-ray technology at more airports to better screen items used in the event,” the spokesperson said. Our ability to detect can be improved.” “We appreciate the actions of the flight attendants and other passengers on this flight.”
In 2021, there were 5,981 reports of unruly passengers, and the FAA last year proposed $5 million in fines against unruly passengers. According to Administration
Last year, 1,099 investigations were initiated. A great addition Since 2020, there have been 183 investigations into uncontrollable passenger incidents.
This year, as of November 1, 2,178 reports of unruly passengers have been received.