Woman charged after flight diverts to Anchorage

AP News
Posted: Aug 21, 2013 2:39 PM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A first-class passenger on a flight from New York to Shanghai faces a federal charge after authorities say she consumed five glasses of wine and climbed on seats and yelled profanities, forcing the flight to be diverted to Anchorage.

The Anchorage Daily News reports (http://is.gd/uwSTAL) Stephanie Heizmann Auerbach is accused of disrupting a flight and is being held at women's jail. Her Anchorage-based attorney didn't immediately return a message Wednesday morning.

According to court documents, Auerbach acted out on a Delta Airlines flight Sunday from New York to Shanghai via Detroit. Within an hour and a half of the flight leaving Detroit, the pilot diverted the plane to Anchorage.

Airport police say she was combative before being arrested.