Maybe if you’re on your way to rehab, flying there isn’t the way to go. An intoxicated woman disrupted Spirit Airlines flight 443 from Baltimore to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Tuesday, getting so rowdy in the course of the trip that she was met by deputies and arrested when the plane landed in Florida.
Heather Lynn Dykman, 40, was charged with disorderly conduct and appeared in a Broward County court on Wednesday in front of a visibly unimpressed Judge John “Jay” Hurley. At that time, she explained that she had been on her way to a 30-day rehab program.
“It apparently didn’t start off on the right foot, ma’am,” was Hurley’s dry comment.
An unnamed flight attendant told Broward sheriff’s deputies that the woman was served two undescribed vodka beverages and became visibly intoxicated. Therefore, she was cut off.
The infuriated Maryland native exploded in a drunken, middle-finger shooting racist rant that included getting up and heading to the galley to curse out the entire cabin crew. “Stop sending your house n***** to do the messages for you,” she reportedly screamed.
Well, isn’t that special?
But Broward County didn’t have to rely on testimony from Spirit Airlines, who had no comment to the media on Wednesday. According to the Broward deputies’ report, she continued to rant in front of hundreds of other people in the concourse after they met her flight.
The disgusted judge ordered her to post a $250 bond and said that she wasn’t allowed to drink or fly Spirit Airlines. “I’m sure Spirit’s already noted that,” the judge commented.
C’mon, people. OK, driving to rehab is probably not a great idea either. But flying to rehab is just asking for trouble. If you can’t stop partying without help, then being locked in a tin can with a bunch of other folks who don’t want to hear your ignorant drunken ravings isn’t going to help the situation any.
I’m just glad I wasn’t on her flight to rehab. Ever been on a plane where a drunken woman disrupted the flight?
[Spirit Airlines photo by Konstantin von Wedelstaedt via Wikimedia Commons]