Today the FBI arrested Fafane Daniel, age 32, for interfering with a flight crew and assault. Daniel boarded Southwest Airlines flight 2509 this morning, which departed from Fort Lauderdale and was bound for Las Vegas. The flight was diverted to New Orleans Armstrong International Airport due to an in-flight altercation between Daniel and another passenger. The plane landed in New Orleans at approximately 7:30 a.m., and Daniel was arrested shortly thereafter.
Daniel will make her initial appearance before a U.S. Magistrate Judge this afternoon. The case will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
The public is reminded that all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.