'Tanning mom' sent to detox after incident at Minneapolis airport

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A New Jersey woman known as “the tanning mom” was sent to a temporary detox facility by law enforcement officials on June 13 for being intoxicated at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Patrick Hogan said airport police were called to the Delta ticket counter June 13 because of an intoxicated woman.

Hogan says Patricia Krentcil, 44, wasn't arrested but was taken to a detox facility to sober up. He didn't know if or when she had been released. She couldn't be reached at her home number Saturday by the Associated Press.

Krentcil, a compulsive tanner, came to fame after her five-year-old daughter was burned from allegedly visiting a tanning salon with her mother in April 2012. She was charged with child endangerment, but a grand jury declined to indict her in the sensationalized case.

The airport incident wasn’t Krentcil’s first high-profile incident of public drunkenness. In August 2012, she was invited to the XL Nightclub, a popular New York gay bar, to host its weekly “Hot Mess” party. But she became too intoxicated to perform her hosting duties, according to TMZ, which had video of her stumbling, slurring and flashing her underwear to the audience.

Of course, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has also been in the news before. In 2007, then-Sen. Larry Craig, R–Idaho, was arrested for lewd and lascivious conduct in a men’s restroom at the airport. The right-wing, fundamentalist Craig pleaded guilty to the charges and was forced out of office.