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Woman accused of threatening to slit passenger's throat in flight diverted to NOLA

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A woman accused of threatening to slit a passenger's throat and forcing a plane to land in New Orleans, is now charged with a federal crime.

Kate Major-Lohan, stepmother of actress Lindsay Lohan, was a passenger on a JetBlue flight from Ft. Lauderdale to Los Angeles Nov. 25.  

Court documents say she became disruptive when a flight attendant told her to move her seat to an upright position before takeoff.

Witnesses say Major-Lohan threatened two passengers, telling one she would "slit her throat." According to court documents, witnesses also say she threw a cell phone at a flight attendant once the plane was in the air. The crew diverted the flight to New Orleans as a result.
Major-Lohan was charged Friday with interfering with a flight crew.

If convicted, the Boca Raton, Fla. resident faces a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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