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Witness: Woman booted from Delta flight drunkenly fondled man

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The unruly passenger that was taken off a Delta airlines flight last week has not been charged, but Fox 9 News has learned more about what led to the unscheduled stop in Minneapolis to get her out of the cabin.

A witness on the plane who was sitting just a few rows away from the woman who was kicked off the flight told Fox 9 News his fellow traveler made many people uncomfortable when she tried to force herself on another passenger.

Dinorah Padro took video with her cell phone as airport police removed the woman during an unscheduled stop the pilots made at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

"I can tell you that I did not feel threatened. I was concerned for them and I was concerned for the flight attendants, but I never -- I guess I never felt threatened," he recalled. "I never felt like we were in danger."

Police say 34-year-old Brandi Poulsen, of Portland, Ore., was intoxicated when she was escorted off the plan and taken to HCMC for observations. Federal prosecutors who are currently reviewing the case declined to comment on whether she will face charges, but witnesses say Poulsen couldn't keep her hands to herself in her middle seat.

"He said that she was kind of touching him inappropriately and that he asked her to stop -- and that she got mad," Padro told Fox 9 News.

The trouble started about an hour into the flight from Baltimore, and Padro said flight attendants did all they could to resolve the situation; however, when Poulsen continued to behave belligerently, air marshals eventually restrained her.

"Then the captain comes on the speaker letting us know that he's going to land in Minneapolis," Padro said.

Despite being diverted and delayed, passengers gave the crew a round of applause once the woman was taken off the plane.

"It was kind of amazing to have those people there to kind of help handle the situation," Padro said. "Had it been a different flight crew, I don't know that this would have been as positive of an experience as we had."

All told, the entire ordeal lasted just about 30 minutes. Even so, passengers say it felt like an eternity.

"When it's happening in the airplane and she's screaming and it's painful -- and you see that she's in pain," Padro began. "I mean, it's not like they can let her go because she's obviously out of control, but that was kind of upsetting and it felt like it was forever."

Although it remains unknown whether she will be charged, prosecutors say one of the most serious charges she may face could be interfering with a flight crew.

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