A passenger bit and kicked cops after being forced off a Southwest flight in a viral TikTok — and users are calling for an alcohol ban at airports

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A passenger bit and kicked cops after being forced off a Southwest flight in a viral TikTok — and users are calling for an alcohol ban at airports
Illustrative photo of woman handcuffed; Southwest flight.zoka74/Getty Images; AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images
  • A woman bit and kicked cops after being forced off a Southwest flight.
  • Kamaryn Gibson bit a deputy and kicked two others, forcing cops to restrain her in a wheelchair.
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An intoxicated passenger was said to have bitten and kicked cops after being forced off a Southwest Airlines flight — and now TikTok users are calling for alcohol restrictions at airports.

In a viral TikTok posted by Johnathan Fancher on May 30, a woman was shown being handcuffed by police on a Southwest flight departing New Orleans. The woman has been identified as 25-year-old Kamaryn Gibson from Olathe, Kansas, Jason Rivarde, a spokesperson for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, told Insider.

"I paid for my flight!" Gibson was heard saying in the TikTok, as deputies from the Sheriff's Office yanked her out of her seat and pulled her down the plane's aisle. The cops were then shown handcuffing Gibson.

"They asked her nicely to get off the flight, but she refused numerous times, so they called in for assistance. The police did try to remove her without force prior to the video, but she wasn't having any of it," wrote Fancher, who posted the video. It has since garnered over 2.4 million views as of June 10.

@kicknit35 When you get removed from your #flight and arrested for being to #drunk #southwest #southwestairlines #cops #nola #memorialday #cameron @Southwest Airlines your #flightattendants ♬ original sound - Johnathan Fancher

The Southwest flight was forced to return to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport gate thanks to Gibson's unruly behavior on board, Rivarde told Insider. According to a report by The New Orleans Advocate, Gibson was said to have kicked another passenger in the head while putting her feet up on the seat in front of her.

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"She refused to get off the plane and was escorted off by deputies. In the jetway outside the plane, she became extremely combative and kicked two deputies," Rivarde said. He added that deputies were forced to restrain Gibson in a wheelchair after she bit one of them on the thigh and kicked two others.

Gibson was charged with three counts of battery of a police officer, among other crimes, Rivarde said. She was released on a $9,750 bond on May 30, he added.

"Whether she attends court or not is totally up to her. She attacked 3 deputies and delayed a plane full of people for 45 minutes, we're not dropping any of those charges," Rivarde continued.

A Southwest spokesperson told Insider the airline commends its cabin crew for their "outstanding professionalism while handling this challenging situation."

"We maintain a zero-tolerance policy for unruly customers," the spokesperson added.

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Some TikTok users called for restrictions on alcohol at airports after several intoxicated passengers were forced off flights for their unruly behavior.

"Airports probably should stop serving alcohol or set like a 2 drink limit lol," @katiecakes43 commented on the video.

Another user, @travelforalivin, wrote: "yet people argue with me when I say stop the alcohol in the airport."

"What gets me, is that the bars in the terminals just keep serving inebriated people and the Gate Attendants let them board," @ladigambler commented.

Restricting passengers from drinking alcohol isn't a novel idea. In 2021, Southwest banned in-flight alcohol after a passenger punched a flight attendant in the face and knocked two of her teeth out. That same year, several US lawmakers also discussed barring airport bars from selling alcoholic drinks to passengers.

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Gibson did not respond to Insider's requests for comment.

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