A 32 year old woman at the Orlando airport allegedly became intoxicated, caused “a disturbance” at her departure gate, and – after being refused boarding by her airline – led police on a chase through while riding a motorized suitcase.
After a police officer arrived and attempted to calm things down, the woman flipped the officer the finger, called him a number of expletives, and fled the scene on her suitcase.
The officer, surprised at the speed of the motorized luggage, gave pursuit on a bicycle, creating quite a scene. The woman was later apprehended and arrested after resisting a while longer.
The woman claimed to have just two drinks during a flight delay but “had glassy eyes and trouble standing” according to the arresting officer. The woman reportedly “spat on him [the officer] than once.”
The fatal flaw in the woman’s attempt to flee on a suitcase is that the airport is a fairly controlled and contained environment. She wound up boxed in at a security checkpoint, with no place to go. Once arrested and placed in a police vehicle, she “ripp[ed] apart its headliner and allegedly defecat[ed] in the back seat.”
As for the motorized suitcase – and note that battery-powered suitcases generally aren’t allowed on board U.S. commercial aircraft
The suitcase the woman used to evade police in the airport appears to be a Modobag, a $1,495 piece of luggage with a 150-watt electric motor—that’s about one-fifth of a horsepower. Capable of charging to max capacity in two hours, it can travel a distance of up to six miles and has a top speed of seven miles per hour.
(HT: Paul H.)