Ohio woman sprays police, flight attendants with fire extinguisher at Atlanta airport: authorities

An Ohio woman was arrested Tuesday at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport after allegedly using a fire extinguisher to spray flight attendants and responding officers.

The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. when airport security spotted Jennifer Kaye Holder, 27, of Dayton, Ohio, trying to open a secured door inside the airport, FOX5 Atlanta reported, citing police.

Police said officers arrived to find Holder spraying the fire extinguisher at Gate D9.

Video posted to social media appears to show Holder spray one flight attendant in the face with the fire extinguisher before continuing to discharge the device while walking along the concourse.

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Jennifer Kaye Holder, 27, of Dayton, Ohio, faces numerous charges.

Jennifer Kaye Holder, 27, of Dayton, Ohio, faces numerous charges. (Clayton County Sheriff’s Office)

Holder allegedly sprayed officers with the fire extinguisher as they tried to take her into custody. 

Police said Holder continued to act “erratically and combative,” spitting and kicking at officers, the station reported.

Police responded to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to a report of a woman trying to open a secured door.

Police responded to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to a report of a woman trying to open a secured door. (Nathan Posner/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images, File)

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As a result of the extinguisher’s discharge, the report said three flight attendants were hospitalized with respiratory issues.

Holder was booked into the Clayton County Jail.

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She faces charges of obstructing law enforcement officers, two counts of simple assault, and three counts of simple battery, according to online jail records.

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