Chris Christie’s Niece Kicked off New Orleans Plane, Injured 6 Deputies

After getting forced off an airplane, for asking passengers who appeared to her to be Latino whether they were drug mules, a niece of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie bit, kicked and spit on Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputies trying to detain her on Thanksgiving Day at Louis Armstrong International Airport, authorities said.

Shannon Epstein, 25, boarded the Spirit Airlines flight to New Jersey on Nov. 24 at about 6 a.m., and asked a family who were near her and whom she perceived to be Latino if they were “smuggling cocaine,” said Capt. Jason Rivarde, a Sheriff’s Office spokesperson. Airline workers requested Epstein be removed from the plane as she became increasingly irate, and the plane, which had started to taxi to the runway, returned to the gate, Rivarde said Friday.

When deputies arrived, Epstein refused to exit the jet bridge into the terminal, Rivarde said. When they tried to arrest her, she became “extremely combative,” Rivarde said. In the scuffle, she injured six deputies, biting one of the arm and breaking the skin, and kicking another in the groin, Rivarde said. They were treated there by paramedics.

In the brawl, she injured six MPs, bit one on the arm and fractured the skin and kicked another in the groin, Rivarde said. There they were treated by paramedics.

Meanwhile, Epstein yelled that lawmakers would lose their jobs or end up in jail and boasted that she was related to powerful people and that her uncle was a friend of former President Donald Trump, Rivarde said.

It would take seven MPs to handcuff Epstein to a wheelchair so she could be taken to the airport security office, Rivarde said. She continued to shout vulgarities and try to bite deputies, he added.


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