Woman Detained by FBI For Vaping On a Plane
A Hawaiian realtor could be facing jail time after she was confronted for using her e-cigarette on a plane this week. Kristen Sharp was flying from Las Vegas to Honolulu with her ecig in hand and things turned ugly quickly when a flight attendant asked her to put it away. Witnesses claim that Sharp was vaping on her way onto the plane and was asked to put the ecig away. But later, she started vaping again in her seat and passengers claim she was going to the restroom to vape as well.
A flight attendant spoke to Sharp about the ecig and told her it wasn’t allowed, but that’s when things took a downhill turn. Witnesses say that Sharp was drunk and belligerent. They told authorities that Sharp cursed, exposed her breasts, and even threw a half full soda can at the flight attendant. Sharp denied the reports.
When asked about the incident, Sharp was apologetic, but also claimed that the whole incident had been blown out of proportion. “So I’m apologizing that it did happen, but it did not need to get carried to the level that it did,” she said. “I think he (the flight attendant) had a bad day and was taking it out on me with a bad attitude.”
Sharp said that she actually did put her ecig away when she was told it wasn’t allowed on the flight. “After he asked me to stop vaping, I did stop vaping and I put my vapor away in my purse,” she said. “I was just not happy with being treated poorly.”
Allegiant Air refused to comment on the incident due to a pending investigation. However, they did issue a reminder about vaping on flights. “FAA regulations prohibit the use of e-cigarettes while on board an aircraft, and also require that all passengers comply with crew member instructions to ensure the safety of all on board.”
Now, the FBI is investigating the incident and Sharp could be facing federal charges. If she is charged with interfering or assaulting the flight attendant, she could have to pay a fine and face up to 20 years in prison.
Do you think the feds should get involved in this kind of incident? Could this case set a precedent that will impact other vapers who travel by plane?