Florida Woman Jailed for Exposing Herself to Passengers on Flight, Kicking Officer

A Florida woman was jailed after causing a ruckus on a regional airport flight out of South Dakota on Friday.

Mistie Justice Watkins, 41, of Daytona Beach faces charges of disorderly conduct, indecent exposure, simple assault on law enforcement, and unlawful occupancy stemming from her behavior on a plane at the Rapid City Regional Airport. She also had an active warrant out of Meade County, Kentucky. She was escorted off the craft by police after the incident was called in at around 8:50 p.m.

Watkins was causing a commotion on the flight, prompting the initial response of one officer to remove her from the plane, according to a press release sent to Newsweek by the Rapid City Police Department.

"The officer advised her he would be escorting her off of the plane and she continued to be loud and disruptive," the release stated. "At one point while exiting the aircraft, she indecently exposed herself to other passengers on the plane."

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A Florida woman was removed from a plane and arrested for indecent exposure and other unruly behavior. In this photo, an airplane takes off from Gatwick Airport in London. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

"She was taken off the plane and advised she was under arrest," the release continued. "The officer noted the strong smell of an alcoholic beverage coming from her person as she was escorted through the airport. At one point, she attempted to pull away from the officer and kicked him. A short time later, additional officers arrived to transport her from the airport."

Watkins first appeared in court on Monday. She is being held in custody on a $100 cash-only bond for simple assault on law enforcement and a $1,000 cash-only bond for unlawful occupancy.

Yearly numbers from the FAA suggest that unruly passenger incidents have risen considerably in recent years. There have been at least 610 investigations launched into such incidents so far in 2021, according to the Rapid City Journal. In 2019, only 146 investigations were launched all year, and in 2015, the number was 105. This year has so far blown past the previous yearly record of 310 investigations in 2004.

Watkins is not the only Florida native arrested recently with outstanding warrants. On Friday, Luis Thistle, 53, originally from Florida, was arrested in Dorchester, Massachusetts, after being observed seemingly making a drug transaction. He was pulled over by police and found to have $2,500 in cash in his wallet from the alleged transaction. A further search of his vehicle also turned up an AK-47 assault rifle in a duffle bag.

Police also found that Thistle had outstanding warrants from Lee County, Florida, for burglary and larceny, for which he was placed under arrest. He was also later charged with possession of a sawed-off shotgun or machine gun.