Distraught woman bites fellow passengers, tries to open plane door during Southwest flight because “Jesus commanded her”: report

A Southwest flight had to be diverted over the weekend when a distraught woman allegedly tried to open a plane door mid-flight and then bit a passenger who was trying to stop her.

Elom Agbegninou, 34, was reportedly on a southwest flight from Houston to Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday afternoon when she began exhibiting disturbing behavior. While the plane was at about 37,000, Agbegninou reportedly walked to the back of the plane and “stared” at an exit door. The flight attendants then directed her to either use the restroom in the area or return to her seat, but Agbegninou reportedly refused and tried to open the exit door instead.

At that moment a fellow passenger addressed Agbegninou and attempted to restrain her, and Agbegninou reportedly responded by biting the passenger on the right thigh. Court documents show that she bit the person with so much force that the passenger “moved her fingers up to (her) chin to try to dislodge (her) the bite, which she eventually did.”

Agbegninou then began banging her head against the floor of the plane, insisting that “Jesus told her to fly to Ohio and Jesus told her to open the door,” according to the court documents.

The Southwest passenger claimed “Jesus told her to open the plane door mid-flight,” the documents saynypost.com

The flight eventually had to be diverted to Little Rock, Arkansas, where Agbegninou was removed and arrested by federal authorities.

The passenger she allegedly bit was also removed from the plane and taken to a nearby hospital, where he or she was given antibiotics and a hepatitis shot as a possible defense infection. The passenger – whose name, age and gender were not released – is said to be a military veteran who has experienced episodes of PTSD and anxiety since the incident and subsequently contacted a veterans hotline for help.

When questioned, Agbegninou told investigators that she left her home alone, without luggage and without informing her husband. She said she wanted to visit a pastor friend in Maryland. She is also said to have admitted trying to open the plane door and bit the passenger. She claimed that she “hadn’t flown in a long time” and “had become very anxious and wouldn’t normally have done those things.”

Agbegninou was eventually arrested and charged with assault within maritime and territorial jurisdiction and interfering with flight crew members and flight attendants.

After it was removed, the flight continued to Columbus. It landed about three hours later than originally expected.

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Laura Coffey

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