(PHILLY.COM) An associate professor of sociology at Penn State Abington was removed from an American Airlines flight in Miami Saturday and charged with disorderly conduct after ranting about U.S.-Venezuela relations and lighting a cigarette aboard the aircraft.
Karen Bettez Halnon, 52, who has worked at Penn State since 1999 according to her bio on the university's website, could not be reached for comment Tuesday. But she was to apologize to her fellow passengers on "Inside Edition," scheduled to air at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday on the local Fox station, according to a news release from the TV show.
A spokesperson for Penn State Abington said the school "is aware of Dr. Karen Halnon's behavior . . . and is looking into the matter."
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