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A woman who was arrested on an American Airlines flight after lighting a cigarette, blaming somebody else then ranting about Obama can be revealed as a Penn State professor of sociology.
Dr Karen Halnon, 52, who wrote her PhD thesis on hysterical women, was arrested on board the plane for disorderly conduct as it sat on the tarmac at Miami International Airport on Saturday.
She was caught on camera lighting up shortly after the flight had landed - but stubbed it out and thrust the butt into a seat pocket when flight attendants came over.
She then pointed at the man in a seat next to her when challenged over her behavior - before launching into a pro-communist rant attacking the United States for applying economic sanctions on Venezuela.
According to NBC, police were called aboard the flight, which had come from Nicaragua, and tried to calm her down, but were met with the response: 'F*** you. This is not a democracy'.
She teaches sociology at the school's Abington campus near Philadelphia, and has the rank of associate professor.
According to her faculty page she is an expert on capitalism, Latin America and mad women.
Dr Halnon was award her PhD from Boston College in 1995 with a thesis about treatments for women and hysteria.
She has two published books, and more than 25 journal articles to her name.
She also cited Hugo Chavez as a 'hero' of hers, and allegedly said that Obama 'kills people on Tuesdays'.
She shouted: 'The United States has declared war on Venezuela. Venezuela has been declared a national security threat.'
Flight attendants warned the woman that the police would be waiting for her once the plane landed if she didn't calm down, according to The Daily Dot.