Passenger Ordered To Undergo Alcohol Testing, Attend AA
Another case of passengers acting badly. A Florida high school
reading teacher was indicted July 11 by a federal grand jury on a
single count of felony interference with a flight attendant and two
counts of misdemeanor assault. The charge stems from an altercation
aboard a July 10 AirTran flight Wednesday.
Court documents say Valjean Marguriet, 55, assaulted fellow
passenger Marsha Johnson by grabbing and shaking her arm. She also
allegedly struck flight attendant Marzette Porterfield in the face
and interfered with his duties, according to the Associated
The case is being handled by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the
eastern District of Virginia. If she is convicted, Marguriet faces
a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine for
the interference charge and six months imprisonment and fines of
$5,000 for each assault charge.
AirTran Flight 904, originating in Atlanta, was fine until about
25 minutes out of the Newport News/Williamsburg International
Airport, according to WVEC Channel 13 News in Virginia.
Then Marguriet began to get agitated for some reason, witnesses
"She just started saying, 'You're a man.' I heard her say,
'You're a man. You're a man.' At first I thought it was just play,"
said fellow passenger Lillian Holmes.
But it wasn't.
Johnson said things got out of hand quickly.
"All of a sudden she just changed her mood and got a little
agitated. Then she got real agitated and grabbed me and tried to
slap me," she said. "I was trying to keep her calm."
When the physical altercation started, flight attendants
intervened and managed to subdue Marguriet. Police were waiting at
the gate and witnesses told reporters she had to be dragged off the
A Norfolk Federal Court Judge allowed her conditional release
and ordered her to pay for alcohol testing, attend Alcoholics
Anonymous meetings weekly and to undergo mental health
As far as travel goes, she can travel only in Florida and the
eastern part of Virginia for court hearings and cannot board any
aircraft until the matter is settled, according to the Associated
She was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.