Woman taken off flight ordered held without bail

Posted May 04, 2009, at 2:27 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A U.S. magistrate judge Monday ordered that a British woman who was taken off a London-bound plane last week be held without bail pending the outcome of her case.

Galina Rusanova, 54, of London waived her right to bail Monday in a short hearing.

Rusanova allegedly mixed prescription drugs and wine before drinking liquid hand soap and attacking flight attendants on a flight that left Los Angeles on Wednesday.

She is charged with interference with a flight crew and assault after the plane on which she was a passenger was diverted to Bangor at about 9 p.m. Wednesday. She was arrested the next morning after spending the night at Eastern Maine Medical Center for observation, according to court documents.

In addition to hitting, kicking and punching flight attendants, who tried to control her, the woman fell to the ground, began “snapping like a dog” and tried to bite the leg of a crewmember, according to court documents.

Her trial date has not been set.

Rusanova most likely will be indicted by a federal grand jury and arraigned later this month.

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