Dana Ghazi Mustafa has been arrested after assaulting a Federal Air Marshal on Feb. 22nd while aboard a United Airlines flight from Frankfurt, Germany to Dulles International Airport. While on the flight, she allegedly said “I’m going to stab everyone on the plane. Then kill myself. I’m Palestinian! That’s how we get down,” according to a criminal complaint from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
LawEnforcementToday (h/t AzGal) A North Carolina woman was charged after she assaulted an air marshal on board a flight that landed at Virginia’s Dulles International Airport on Saturday. The air marshal stopped her while she was trying to enter the plane’s lavatory with a lighter after previously being warned by the flight crew.
The woman, Dana Ghazi Mustafa, was on board a United Airlines flight from Frankfurt, Germany. Flight attendants on board the aircraft were alerted that a flight lavatory smoke detector had been activated in the air, and Mustafa was found in the bathroom.
They told her that smoking on board aircraft is prohibited by federal regulations, and she was asked to return to her seat, which she did according to court records.
After being seated, Mustafa started to cry and told flight attendants she was enroute home to see her family, but that they had died in a motor vehicle accident caused by a drunk driver. After landing at Dulles International Airport, an FBI agent interviewed Mustafa. During that conversation, she also admitted that the story about her family being killed by a drunk driver had been a lie.
After she was moved to her new seat, she allegedly punched the TV monitor on the seatback in front of her, and threw a coin at the bulkhead of the aircraft.
She was later seen walking toward the back of the aircraft while striking the flint of her lighter. Flight attendants intercepted her and tried to stop her from entering the lavatory with the lighter, however she pushed the attendants and attempted to shut the door.
She also fought back against both air marshals who were on board the plane who were trying to restrain her and handcuff her. Mustafa repeatedly kicked one of the marshals in the shins. She was eventually restrained and handcuffed and seated next to the air marshals, who found a half-empty liter of Absolut vodka inside her open bag.
Mustafa threatened to stab the air marshal and said:
“I’m going to stab everyone on the plane then kill myself. I’m Palestinian! That’s how we get down,” according to court filings.
According to a since-deleted Facebook page, Dana Ghazi Mustafa worked as a teacher at Magnolia Montessori. A screengrab of the page is below.