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Between the close quarters, stale food, and tiny bathrooms, it’s easy to get stressed on an airplane. But no matter how bad it gets, that doesn’t make it okay to threaten to kill somebody because they asked you to turn your phone off.

After a Houston-bound United Airlines flight took off from Tennessee Monday (June 1), 43-year-old Lashonda Lee Williams (allegedly) got pretty crazy. A fellow passenger reminded her to power down her cell, and Williams didn’t react very well.

From The Smoking Gun:

The disruption on Flight 4205, which was bound for Houston, resulted in the Embraer 135’s return to Nashville’s airport, where Lashonda Lee Williams was arrested for assault.

The 43-year-old Williams, seen at right, was asked by another female passenger to “turn off her cell phone due to the aircraft being in flight,” according to a court affidavit. In reply, Williams allegedly said, “I kill white people like you.”

Investigators noted that Williams told the other passenger, K. Colleen Coult, 50, that she would follow her upon reaching Houston “and find out where she lived.” The comments “created fear in Coult for her safety,” the affidavit notes.

A United flight attendant told cops that Williams’s statements “were causing anxiety and fear throughout the cabin.” 

Williams, of Houston, was arrested and released from the Davidson County jail on $3,000 bond.

Photo: Davidson County Jail

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