Woman pleads not guilty to punching flight crew | SummitDaily.com

Woman pleads not guilty to punching flight crew

DENVER ” A woman accused of punching a flight attendant has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and interfering with a flight attendant.

Christina Elizabeth Szele (ZELL’-ee) of Woodside, N.Y., entered her plea in Denver federal court Friday through her attorney. She did not attend the hearing.

The FBI says 35-year-old Szele hit an attendant on a Jet Blue flight from New York to San Francisco on June 17.

She is also accused of shouting obscenities and racial epithets at a flight attendant who tried to stop her from smoking.

The pilot diverted the flight to Denver, where she was arrested.

Her trial has been tentatively set for Sept. 8.

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