Earlier this week, a flight attendant who worked for Southwest Airlines was documented laying down in one of the plane’s overhead compartments. The innocent, unorthodox move didn’t get the flight attendant in any trouble.
A second story about a flight attendant who was working for a United States-based major airline company also managed to sneak its way into headlines across many major news publications.
This time around, however, the flight attendant wasn’t unorthodox in a quirky, innocent way; rather, her strange behavior urged several passengers who shared a flight with her from Chicago, Illinois’ O’Hara International Airport to the nearby South Bend, Indiana’s eponymous South Bend International Airport to report the attendant to other employees and police officers.
The flight attendant, a resident of Waukesha, Wisconsin, Julianne March, was apprehended by local law enforcement officers in St. Joseph County, Indiana, after the plane landed. March was charged with public intoxication and detained at the St. Joseph County Jail. Shortly thereafter, Julianne also ended up losing her gig as a flight attendant with Air Wisconsin, the regional airline that carried out the flight on behalf of United Airlines.
March has since found her way out of St. Joseph County Jail, though she hasn’t responded to any news organizations’ attempts to make contact with her. According to St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office spokesperson Jessica McBrier, Julianne March is expected to return to court in South Bend, Indiana, on Aug. 29.
Here’s how all of this started, according to passengers who talked with news publications after the incident took place.
Aaron Scherb, a passenger present on United Airlines Flight 4849 last Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, claimed that he saw the blonde-haired flight attendant – he didn’t know her name, though it turned out to be Julianne March – leaning against the galley, where snacks, prepared foods, and drinks are stored. Scherb reported that March didn’t make eye contact with anybody on board, which he felt constituted strange behavior for a flight attendant. March soon thereafter went to transmit the security message that’s standard of flight attendants to vocalize to passengers over the plane’s PA system, only to cut herself off mid-sentence, never finishing what she had to say.
Scherb also said March fell asleep on the flight and forgot to wear her seatbelt once taking off.
Eventually, March submitted to a breathalyzer and ended up blowing a blood-alcohol content percentage of 0.204, which is more than five times higher than the maximum legal limit allowed for flight attendants – 0.04.