A United Airlines passenger has been arrested after she made threats to a fellow passenger and caused the plane to abruptly turn around and land in Nashville.
On Sunday, after her plane had taken off from Nashville, 33-year-old Lashonda Lee Williams was asked to turn off her cell phone by 50-year-old K. Colleen Coult. Williams, apparently not a big fan of FAA regulations and being reminded of them, told Coult “I kill white people like you.”
Coult says Williams also told her that she would “find out where she lived” after they landed in Houston. According to court documents, Williams “created fear in Coult for her safety.”
The incident caused the pilot to turn the plane around and land back in Nashville after a flight attendant reported that Williams’ comments “were causing anxiety and fear throughout the cabin.”
According to the police report, officers were “informed that a United flight was returning to the gate after taking off and had a disruptive passenger on board and possibly a fight between two individuals. Upon arrival the flight attendant informed me that Lashonda Lee Williams, seated in 3C, had made some statements that were causing fear and anxiety throughout the cabin.”
The report notes “K. Colleen Coult stated that Williams had said ‘I kill white people like you’ when asked to turn off her cell phone due to the aircraft being in flight. Other comments were made that Williams would follow Coult once reaching Houston and find out where she lived.”
Police arrested Williams at the airport for assault. She was released on $3,000 bond. The Houston resident is due to face a Nashville judge on June 25.