American Airlines flight diverted to Memphis because of disruptive passenger


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The FAA said in a press release that flight attendants on an Allegiant Air flight from Utah to Arizona repeatedly told the passenger to cover his nose and mouth with a mask, however the passenger immediately “moved it off of his nose after the flight attendant walked away.” Flight attendants then told him they would have to file a disturbance complaint, however the passenger “argued” and “claimed that it was fine just over his mouth.”

When the flight landed the passenger “approached a flight attendant from behind as she prepared to open the cabin door and touched her,” getting close to her saying she was “being aggressive” about the mask policy.

“This behavior intimidated the flight attendant and caused her to cry,” the FAA said.

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The federal requirement was enacted on February 1, 2021, although various airlines have required passengers to wear masks since mid-2020.

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A second American Airlines plane diverted to Memphis for mechanical issue, spokeperson says

FOX13 Memphis 10 July, 2021 - 05:27pm

Memphis, Tenn. — A second American Airlines flight was diverted to Memphis on Saturday due to a mechanical issue, a spokesperson said.

This happened just a few hours after another flight headed to Atlanta landed in Memphis due to a disruptive passenger.

The flight came from Dallas and was heading to Bangor, Maine.

“On July 10, American Airlines flight 2910 with service from Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) to Bangor, Maine (BGR) diverted to Memphis (MEM) due to a possible mechanical issue. The flight landed safely at MEM and taxied to the gate under its own power. Customers will board a replacement aircraft and continue on to BGR this afternoon. We apologize to our customers for the trouble this caused and we thank our team members for keeping our passengers safe,” a spokesperson said.

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The woman on the flight, which was taking off from Dallas-Fort Worth Airport bound for Charlotte, was thought to have suffered a mental health episode while in the air.

A video of the incident during the late night flight was taken by TikTok user @lol.ariee, capturing the crew’s drastic response. 

According to the TikToker, flight attendants started frantically running up and down the aisles around 1.30am, locking bathroom doors and securing the scene.

While it was apparent something was happening up near the front of the plane, she said no one said anything, rather, there was just hush-hush whispering. 

Eventually, she says the captain got on the intercom, and told everyone to stay in their seats.

They explained the cause of the problem toward the front of the aircraft, which he apparently said they were handling. 

The flight landed successfully without further incident.

When the plane was grounded, the TikToker captured the clip, showing a woman duct-taped to her seat.

She also appeared to have duct tape over her mouth.

The woman was crying out as passengers passed her to deplane.

The TikToker recorded paramedics standing by with a stretcher, as she exited the plane.

In videos posted after the incident, she said she’d heard the woman was attempting to exit the plane during the flight, and seemed to be having an episode of some kind. 

A spokesperson for American Airlines confirmed the passenger was “restrained” after causing crew members concern

They added, "For the safety and security of other customers and our crew, the individual was restrained until the flight landed at CLT and could be met by law enforcement and emergency personnel."

The woman was reportedly taken to a hospital for an evaluation, before being put on AA’s no-fly list. 

American Airlines flight diverted to Memphis

WMC 10 July, 2021 - 03:14pm

MAPD took the passenger into custody and transported him to Regional One and the Memphis Mental Health Institute for evaluation, according to the spokesperson.

The American Airlines spokesperson says the flight landed safely at MEM and law enforcement met the aircraft upon arrival. The disruptive passenger exited the aircraft with authorities and the flight departed for ATL shortly after.

The A321 aircraft had 166 passengers and a crew of six. It took off from Los Angeles and was headed to Atlanta.

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