Woman arrested for punching a Southwest Airlines worker

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DALLAS – A woman was arrested after punching a Southwest Airlines employee in the head while boarding a flight departing from Dallas airport, police said.

Arielle Jean Jackson, 32, was arrested Saturday afternoon at Love Field, Dallas police said. Police said Jackson was charged with aggravated assault.

The incident occurred during the boarding process for a flight from Dallas to New York’s La Guardia airport, Southwest Airlines spokesman Chris Mainz said.

Police said Jackson first had a verbal alteration with an operative at the rear of the plane and was asked to leave. As Jackson was leaving, he had another verbal altercation with a second operative who went physical, with Jackson hitting the officer on the head with a closed fist, police said.

Mainz said the operations officer, a woman, was taken to hospital and discharged Saturday night.

Jackson was in Dallas County Jail Sunday on $ 10,000 bail. The prison records did not indicate a lawyer for her.

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