A Las Vegas woman shouting “let’s go Brandon” was arrested at McCarran International Airport over the weekend after refusing to wear a mask and causing a ruckus onboard an Allegiant Air flight, authorities said.
While at a security checkpoint in the airport another passenger confronted Katrina Alspaugh, 51, for not wearing a mask, according to a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police arrest report. It was alleged in the report that Alspaugh appeared as if she were about to punch the passenger that had approached her.
Even though Alspaugh was uncooperative with the officers, she was eventually released because the other passenger chose not to press charges.
Police were called again when an Allegiant Air employee removed Alspaugh from the flight after she caused a disturbance.
On the jet bridge, Alspaugh allegedly became belligerent with officers who told her to leave because she no longer had a ticket. When officers warned her she would be arrested, she “loudly began yelling ‘f—‘ and ‘Let’s go, Brandon,'” causing a further disturbance that ultimately resulted in her arrest.
Alspaugh faces a misdemeanor charge of public conduct at an airport.
Since January, there have been 5,240 unruly passenger reports, according to the Federal Aviation Administration and of those 3,798 have been mask-related incidents.
The agency has been proposing fines against passengers who assault, threaten, intimidate or interfere with airline crew members. Under the FAA’s Reauthorization Bill, the agency can propose up to $37,000 per violation as a repercussion.