Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputies had a battle on their hands on Thanksgiving Day at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans, Louisiana, when the niece of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie attacked them after she was removed from a Spirit Airlines flight.
According to The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate, Shannon Epstein was set to fly out on Thanksgiving Day. At about 6:00 a.m., she boarded the flight and, before takeoff, asked a group of nearby Latino passengers if they were “smuggling cocaine.”
The flight had already taxied to the runway, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Jason Rivarde said. After Epstein made the cocaine remark, the plane was turned around.
The question sparked immediate controversy, and airline staff began removing her from the flight. That’s when the situation took a nasty turn.
As Epstein became increasingly angry, Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputies were called to assist. Upon their arrival, Epstein reportedly refused to comply with their request that she exit the jet bridge. MORE