University prof pleads guilty to airplane misdemeanor

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 2:55pm

The University of Michigan professor who was dragged off a Delta airlines flight in December pleaded guilty to misdemeanor and paid a $495 charge.

Rhima Coleman, assistant professor of biomedical and mechanical engineering, was dragged off a flight from Detroit to San Diego after allegedly failing to follow boarding procedures. According to MLive, Coleman acknowledged during court proceedings she had engaged in a confrontation that was disorderly.

Coleman appeared in the 34th District Court to enter her guilty plea. In turn, David Parrott, Romulus District Court judge, dismissed the case and dropped the one count of failing to obey a police officer. She was ordered to either pay a $495 fine or serve 30 days in jail.

Coleman's attorney, Dov Lustig, said the incident will not affect Coleman’s status at the University, and University spokeswoman Kim Broekhuizen wrote in an email interview in December there was no change in Coleman’s employment status at the University.