Mon, Apr 04, 2005
Handcuffed, Led From Plane
The FAA is investigating what was apparently a full-blown
shouting match between its FSDO chief in Kansas City and the cabin
crew aboard a Southwest Airlines flight. The 62-year old FAA
manager was reportedly led from the aircraft in handcuffs.
According to a police report obtained by the Kansas City Star,
Marion Dittman was detained after the flight landed at Kansas City
International last week. The report said she became verbally
combative after Dittman reported a commotion in the cabin to a male
The attendant told
Dittman he would handle the matter and ordered her to return to her
seat because the "Fasten Seatbelt" sign had been illuminated. That,
according to the police report, is when the shouting started. It
ended with Dittman shoving the FA in the chest, the report said.
When the attendant told her she could be arrested, Dittman
reportedly said, "No you won't" and told the FA she was with the
The Star reported Dittman was confronted by the TSA as she
deplaned and told she would be detained for questioning.
Authorities said FSDO manager threw her hands in the air and
demanded to talk to the captain. That's when federal officials said
she was handcuffed.
The flight attendant later told agents he didn't want to press
charges, but the matter is still under FAA investigation.
An FAA spokesman told the Star no decision had been reached on
whether to file charges against Dittman.
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