Chris Christie’s Niece Bit Officers After Being Kicked Off Spirit Airlines

Chris Christie’s niece, Shannon Epstein, reportedly asked a family on board her Spirit Airlines flight home to New Jersey whether they were “smuggling cocaine” – because they appeared to be Hispanic.

She didn’t make it out of the New Orleans airport on Thanksgiving Day. Her flight was taxiing out when the pilot decided to return to the gate to have her removed from the aircraft. Officers met the plane and she… attacked them.

In the scuffle, she injured six deputies, biting one of the arm and breaking the skin, and kicking another in the groin, Rivarde said. They were treated there by paramedics.

She threatened the officers that they’d all be fired or wind up imprisoned themselves because her uncle is close to former President Trump. It’s not clear what Trump could do about it, unless the constitution were suspended, and in fact, Chris Christie was cast aside once Trump was elected because he had prosecuted Jared Kushner’s father a dozen years earlier. At best the former New Jersey governor might get tricked into doing a Cameo for her sentencing hearing.

Eventually seven officers handcuffed her to a wheelchair, while she “continued to shout vulgarities and try to bite deputies.” Epstein was charged with 6 “counts of battery on a police officer, three of disturbing the peace, one of resisting arrest by force and one of remaining after forbidden.” She was released on $10,750 bail later that day.

You’d think that her uncle could have put tickets on an airline other than Spirit on his American Express card?

(HT: Paul H)

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  1. She should have kept her mouth shut. Stupid girl.

    AND, she needs a few anger management classes…

  2. Likely she would benefit from a mental health evaluation. Sounds like she was not in full control.

  3. And the connection with Chris Christie is?

    How about a new headline “Gary Leff’s Fellow Member of the Human Race Bit Officers After Being Kicked Off Spirit Airlines”

  4. @Gravelly Point Guy

    There is something inherently childish about lefties such as yourselves.

  5. While the young lady was stereotyping, it is unfair to characterize the GOP being prejudiced. But, it does beg a question:

    Of Mr Trump’s 42 cabinet-level appointments, how many were not Caucasian? That is, other than Transportation, which was calculated to gain favor with McConnell.

  6. Yes, she may in need of some help. But don’t forget to get her laptop and dump the contents first.

  7. It’s Spirit, hence, it should be expected that someone will be disruptive. Spirit, the airline choice of the mentally ill and anger management challenged flyers.

  8. @ Chad

    “Accusations from leftists are almost always confessions”

    LOL…but, Chad, the core accusation was reportedly levelled by Shannon Epstein herself (Hispanics are drug dealers).

    Now why should the poor young girl have to be exposed to Hispanics as she innocently goes about her travel?

    She knows, thanks to the racial stereotyping dog whistle politics of her uncle’s buddy, the Dopey Donald, that Hispanics are criminals, doesn’t she?

    If certain religious sects don’t want to be seated next to a female on an aircraft thanks to their intolerant religious sexist brainwashing, why the hell should a self entitled arrogant right wing twat Donald Duckling want to be seated next or near to people who she knows are likely drug dealers thanks to her intolerant right wing racist brainwashing?

    She also clearly understands that being an adjunct member of that right wing political milieu adept at undermining the core fabric of democracy and abusing political power, that she is absolutely entitled to stand apart from any legal accountability for her behaviour.

    You have to respect her resolute attachment to her self entitlement – that girl fought hard – injured six officers in the cause of the righteousness path of political privilege. This is the Capital Hill Riot of airline travel.

    Unfortunately, she also revealed the mental derangement that typifies the typical DRWA. The sort of hysteria so often encountered by the DRWAs on this very blog. Sadly, now recognised as a mental illness.

    Oh, my limp lettuce leaf of a buddy, I’m sure you’ll agree a great laugh to start the week….;)

    Oh, and @ Gary, thanks for bringing the focus of your readers back to the real issues in travel – I almost got distracted by a 250 points per USD little earner over the weekend – thank you for redirecting my attention to where it really belongs!

    Obviously, most readers herein would rather debate the political niceties of errant behaviours of politicians’ distant relatives rather than share news about one of the most exceptional point earners of the decade…..;)

  9. @ Lee

    “it is unfair to characterize the GOP being prejudiced”

    Unfortunately, that’s not true, though, is it?

    The GOP has had no problem entertaining dog whistle politics and enabled the blatant racism of the Orange Soufflé.

  10. @platy

    Only racism comes from the usual people of the pedophile left. Its also funny you’ve jumped to a lot of conclusions based on a few sentences.

    But I stand by my orignal point. An accusation from the left is a confession. We see it everyday, just look at the bombshells from this weekend about twitter and hunter biden.

    No wonder you people are so angry you echo chamber and propaganda machine is no longer yours.

  11. @ Chad

    To quote the jingle from a toy company commercial:

    “It’s more fun from Chad Valley!”

    Maintain the hatred, Chad the lad, and remember it’s time to terminate the Constitution according to the dopey duckweed.

    The only chamber you need is a therapy chamber to get those nitrogen bubbles out of your system that are turning you into a looney tune. Bless. Your post has cheered me up no end.

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