Flight attendant puncher arrested again

March 12, 2009 5:45:50 AM PDT
A New York woman who received probation last month in Denver for punching a JetBlue airline attendant who tried to stop her from smoking on a flight has been arrested on new assault allegations. Thirty-six-year-old Christina Elizabeth Szele, of Queens, was arrested Sunday in New York after authorities say she punched her sister-in-law and pulled her hair.

A federal judge in Denver has revoked Szele's bond, and she'll return to his courtroom for a hearing.

On Feb. 5, Judge John Kane sentenced Szele to five years probation after she pleaded guilty to interfering with a crew member. He also ordered her to pay restitution and seek drug, alcohol and anger management counseling.

Authorities say Szele shouted racial slurs and punched an attendant on a JetBlue flight from New York to San Francisco in June. The plane was diverted to Denver, where Szele was arrested.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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