Chris Christie’s niece bit and kicked deputies trying to escort her off a Spirit Airlines flight after she asked passengers who she thought were Latino if they were ‘smuggling cocaine,’ report says

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Shannon Epstein, the niece of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, was arrested on Spirit Airlines. 
Epstein reportedly asked passengers she thought were Latino if they were carrying cocaine
Epstein had to be handcuffed to a wheelchair, The Times-Picayune reported.

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s 25-year-old niece was arrested on a handful of charges, including six counts of battery, after causing a scene on a Spirit Airlines flight departing from Louis Armstrong International Airport on Thanksgiving Day, the Times-Picayune reported. 

Before the plane’s departure for New Jersey, Shannon Epstein reportedly made passengers uncomfortable after asking a family she perceived to be Latino if they were “smuggling cocaine,” Capt. Jason Rivarde of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office told the Times-Picayune. 

After employees requested she be removed from the flight, Epstein resisted and began struggling with deputies, the Times-Picayune…

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