This city's most famous accidental tourist is coming back.
On June 17, 35-year-old Christina Elizabeth Szele was on a JetBlue flight bound from San Francisco for New York when she lit up a cigarette, then yelled obscenities, including racial epithets, at the flight attendant who confronted her, according to an FBI affidavit. Flight attendants put Szele in flex cuffs, but she broke free and punched an attendant in the face, then assaulted a second JetBlue worker. Because of the commotion, the pilot landed the flight in Denver -- and Szele landed in jail.
After she was indicted by a federal grand jury in July, Szele was released on a $10,000 bond and returned to New York -- and her case was transferred to U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York, for a potential guilty plea and sentencing.
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But that was before Szele twice tested positively for cocaine and was arrested for misdemeanor assault in Queens. On September 15, Szele was arrested for violating the terms of her release -- and her case is now coming back to Colorado for disposition.
So, of course, will Szele -- but we'll bet she's not flying on JetBlue.
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