Vermont woman held for disrupting flight

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A Vermont woman who caused a disturbance on a trans-Atlantic flight will remain in custody through next week.

A federal judge today scheduled a probable cause hearing for next Thursday, and ordered 59-year-old Catherine Mayo to remain behind bars until then. Mayo appeared in court wearing a Rolling Stones T-shirt and no shoes. Her attorney, public defender Page Kelley, says Mayo has “very serious mental health problems.”

Court filings today indicate that Mayo was acting erratically aboard United flight 923. The plane was heading to Washington, D.C., from London when the pilot decided to land in Boston. Mayo had to be subdued on the flight after exhibiting abnormal behavior. The crew said she also made references they believed were related to al Quaeda and September eleventh.

Kelley says Mayo likely will undergo a psychological exam before nest week’s hearing.

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