An intoxicated woman was restrained on a flight from London to Boston after trying to open an exit door on Tuesday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration and Massachusetts State Police.
British Airways Flight 213 from London-Heathrow landed at Boston's Logan International Airport on Tuesday afternoon. Police said the woman, 32-year-old Polish citizen Kamila Dolniak, was restrained and taken into custody. Investigators said they believe she was intoxicated.
Some passengers closest to the woman said she was agitated from the beginning.
“First impression, I thought the woman was having a panic attack," one passenger said. "They gave here three seats to lie down, then I thought she was actually having a seizure.”
Boston resident Debby O’Leary said the woman had wanted to smoke a vapor cigarette and tried to go to the bathroom with it but was told she couldn’t.
According to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration, the woman tried to open an exit door and the "cockpit is secure." Massachusetts State Police initially said the woman might have tried to enter the cockpit, but tweeted a correction later Tuesday afternoon.
Police said the woman has no known connection to terrorism.
"The investigation to determine the facts and circumstances of the incident is ongoing by Troop F of the Massachusetts State Police, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, Customs, and the TSA," state police said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.
Dolniak has been processed by Customs and Border Protection and is being charged with interfering with a flight crew and is expected to be arraigned in East Boston District Court on Wednesday morning.
"Our customers and crew deserve to have a safe and enjoyable flight and we do not tolerate abusive behavior. Our crew have requested that police meet the flight in Boston due to an unruly customer on board," British Airways said in a statement Tuesday.