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Police: 2 Women Arrested After Fight On JetBlue Flight At JFK Airport

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Two women were arrested Wednesday after they attacked each other as their flight arrived at JFK Airport from Jamaica, police said.

The violence erupted after the plane landed at around 8:30 a.m.

The dispute as the plane started taxiing toward the terminal, CBS2’s Steve Langford reported.

A 61-year-old passenger at a window seat tried to climb over another woman, 52, as JetBlue Flight 960 approached the gate, Port Authority spokesman Joe Pentangelo said.

The older woman pulled out a small blade and slashed her seatmate, Langford reported.

The 52-year-old woman whipped out pepper spray, according to police.

Seven people were treated for difficulty breathing.

The 61-year-old, identified as Jean Ballantine of Brooklyn, was arrested on assault and weapons charges, police said. The other woman, Mary Cannady, of Linden, NJ, was arrested for possessing pepper spray.

WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman asked the Port Authority if it’s legal to bring eyebrow razors and pepper spray on planes. The agency said if the flight had originated in the United States, and not in Jamaica, those items would not have gotten on board.

The TSA does not handle security outside of the United States. The Jamaicans are responsible for checking for weapons at Kingston Airport, Langford reported.

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