Passenger accused of threatening to kill others aboard flight from PDX to Sacramento
A cell phone video shows an Oregon woman shouting death threats at passengers and staff on board a weekend flight from the Portland International Airport to Sacramento.
According to Southwest Airlines, 24-year-old Valerie Curbelo was caught trying to smoke in the bathroom while on a plane Saturday.
The Sandy, Oregon native was ordered back to her seat, where witnesses say she began shouting and shoved a flight attendant.
Passengers and crew members reportedly had to physically restrain her for the remainder of the flight. Officers were waiting to arrest her at the airport.
In an interview at the Sacramento County Jail, reporters asked her why she was threatening people on the flight.
“I don't know. It was not me, it was not me," Curbelo said, later claiming that anxiety drove her to try to smoke in the bathroom. She didn't say what was making her anxious.
Curbelo is currently booked on a felony threat charge. Her bail is set at $75,000.