Flight Attendant Accused of Attacking Crew Members Ordered to Seek Treatment and Not Fly

By Jesse Sokolow on 5 December 2015
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DSC_0980A federal judge in Charlotte freed an American Airlines flight attendant who stands accused of erratic behavior that included assaulting other crewmembers as well as air marshals on an international flight from jail on Friday.

U.S. Magistrate Judge David Cayer set bail at $50,000, releasing Joanne Snow to her sons and allowing her to return to her home in New Hampshire with the proviso that she seek a psychological assessment within ten days. He also barred her from flying until the case has been resolved.

Snow’s lawyer told the court that her behavior on the flight may have been the result of medication taken to treat depression.

Court papers filed in the case said that Snow told air marshals on her flight that she was “crazy” and a “train wreck” before their departure on November 23. She is said to have slapped another flight attendant and hit a federal air marshal while en route to Frankfurt.

Snow, who has spent some 50 years in the aviation industry, is charged with interfering with a flight crew and assaulting air marshals on a flight between Charlotte, North Carolina and Frankfurt, Germany during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. She faces up to 25 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

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