NEW ORLEANS (KRON) — Actress Lindsay Lohan’s stepmother was removed from a coast-to-coast flight after she reportedly became an “unruly customer” and threatened a pair of passengers.
Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, confirmed to the Associated Press in an email Saturday that Kate Major-Lohan was removed from a JetBlue plane on Wednesday.
Major-Lohan, who is married to Lindsay Lohan’s father, was turned over to the FBI.
In a report by news station WVUE in New Orleans, witnesses say Major-Lohan threatened told a passenger she would “slit her throat.” Citing court documents, the report says that witnesses also say she threw a cell phone at a flight attendant once the plane was in the air.
JetBlue Airways Corp. spokeswoman Sharon Jones says Wednesday’s Flight 101 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Los Angeles was diverted to New Orleans to remove an “unruly customer.” The airline did not identify Major-Lohan.
FBI spokesman Craig Betzebe did not immediately respond to an email requesting information.
Entertainment news site TMZ reported that Major-Lohan’s troubles started before the plane got off the ground:
According to the criminal complaint, Michael Lohan’s estranged wife started trouble before the flight took off … bitching about having to put her seat forward. The situation quickly escalated in the air — a witness told a crew member Major was harassing a passenger and was possibly drunk. Kate allegedly yelled the witness’ wife was a “bitch,” and then threatened to “slit her throat.”
Major-Lohan’s phone number was not immediately available, according to the Associated Press, and it was not clear is she has retained an attorney.
In late Oct., Michael Lohan Jr., brother of Lindsay Lohan, was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument and criminal impersonation for using a forged parking permit to avoid paying a New York City parking meter. He was charged and then released with a court date of December 14.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.