Flight attendant accused of attacks appears in court

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — An American Airlines flight attendant accused of attacking fellow crew members and two U.S. air marshals made her first court appearance Tuesday. She was given a $50,000 unsecured bond and left federal custody.

Joanne Snow is now en-route to New Hampshire where she'll undergo a mandatory mental health evaluation. She was released under the care of her son.

Snow wore a black shirt, black slacks and shackles as she entered a federal courtroom in uptown Charlotte. She appeared agitated, often speaking above a whisper to her attorney and talking over the presiding judge as he explained the charges and attempted to determine whether she had retained counsel.

Snow is charged with interference with flight crews and attendants, and with assaulting, resisting or impeding an officer or employee of the United States. An affidavit said she attacked two U.S. marshals and slapped a fellow flight attendant.