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(CHICAGO) — An American Airlines flight to Chicago made an emergency landing Monday because of an allegedly unruly passenger, authorities said.

American Airlines Flight 1284, which departed from Miami, ended up landing in Indianapolis.

The female passenger became unruly during the flight, according to an Indianapolis Airport Authority spokesman.

“She was disoriented through the entire flight,” passenger Marian Frendt told ABC station WLS-TV in Chicago. “She started kicking the seat of the passenger in front of her, and he apparently turned around to complain … and she hit him.”

When a flight attendant intervened, the woman allegedly grabbed the attendant’s face and kissed her, then punched her in the face.

Authorities said the woman also kicked a police officer while being arrested.

The woman — who has not been identified — was escorted off the plane in flex-cuffs. Passengers filmed the scene as officers helped her into the back of a patrol car.

She was charged with battery with injury, battery without injury, battery of a public safety officer, criminal recklessness, disorderly conduct and disruption the operation of an aircraft, authorities said.

The disruption caused the flight to arrive in Chicago about 90 minutes late.

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