A 43-year-old woman is being charged with assault after allegedly making threatening comments on a United Airlines flight when told to turn off her phone.
According to a court affidavit obtained by The Huffington Post, Lashonda Lee Williams was asked to shut her phone off shortly after takeoff on a flight from Nashville, Tennessee, to Houston on Sunday.
Williams allegedly responded by saying, “I kill white people like you,” The Smoking Gun first reported. Williams allegedly told a female passenger that she would follow her once the flight reached Houston in order to find out where she lived.
The affidavit notes the woman feared for her safety.
The plane returned to Nashville shortly after takeoff. Once there, Williams was arrested and charged with assault. Davidson County Sheriff’s Office records state Williams was released Sunday night. She was let out on $3,000 bond, according to reports.
She is scheduled for a court appearance on June 25.
A United Airlines representative sent HuffPost the following statement regarding the incident:
ExpressJet flight 4205, operating as United Express from Nashville to Houston on Sunday, June 1, safely returned to Nashville due to two disruptive passengers. The flight landed without incident and was met by law enforcement officials before continuing to Houston.
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