Denver: Woman pleads not guilty to punching flight crew |

Denver: Woman pleads not guilty to punching flight crew

DENVER, Colorado ” 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.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

Her trial has been tentatively set for Sept. 8.

Support Local Journalism