Woman restrained with tape, cuffs after trying to open plane door, injuring flight attendant

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A woman was restrained with tape and cuffs on an American Airlines flight last week after trying to open the plane’s doors.

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A woman was restrained to her seat on an American Airlines flight last week after allegedly trying to open the plane’s doors and attacking a flight attendant.

American Airlines flight 1774 was en route from Dallas-Fort Worth to Charlotte, North Carolina on July 6 when a traveler “attempted to open the forward boarding door” and “physically assaulted, bit and caused injury to a flight attendant,” American Airlines confirmed to USA TODAY.  

The passenger was restrained with "flex cuffs and restraint tape" until the plane landed at Charlotte Douglas International Airport “for the safety and security of other customers and our crew,” the airline said. The flight had 190 customers and six crew members on board.   

The passenger was taken to a hospital by emergency personnel.  

Elizabeth LaClair, a passenger on the flight, told The Washington Post that the woman “just seemed off and very odd” and that she said she did not want the plane “to fly up anymore.”    

“She started getting more and more agitated and very loud, and the man sitting next to her, along with the flight attendants, kindly tried to console her and calm her, but nothing worked,” LaClair said.  

LeClair told The Post that the woman continued to yell obscenities after she was restrained. 

A video shared on TikTok also appears to show the woman after she was restrained. She can be seen repeatedly yelling “you” at other passengers as they exited the plane.  

This is not the first case of a passenger disrupting a flight this year, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. 

The FAA said last week that it has received more than 3,200 reports of unruly behavior by passengers in 2021, including 2,475 cases of travelers refusing to comply with the federal mask mandate for air travel.

The FAA  has sought more than $682,000 in fines against unruly passengers this year.  

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Woman is duct-taped to her seat after trying to open plane door midflight, airline says

The Washington Post 12 July, 2021 - 05:47pm

Elizabeth LaClair was sitting in Row 2 when she heard a woman sitting behind her say to the man next to her that she did not want the plane “to fly up anymore,” becoming increasingly unsettled.

“She started getting more and more agitated and very loud, and the man sitting next to her, along with the flight attendants, kindly tried to console her and calm her, but nothing worked,” LaClair added.

Suddenly, the woman who appeared to be in her 30s and had green hair, ran to the door and tried to open it, LaClair said.

Flight attendants ran and “tackled” the woman, then restrained her wrists and feet with duct tape and what appeared to be zip ties, LaClair added.

“It was the look of pure shock of someone who has been a flight attendant for many years and is thinking, I can’t believe this is happening,” she said.

After being partially restrained in a crew area, LaClair said, the woman seemed to become more erratic and violent by the minute, kicking and screaming expletives, causing “a ruckus.”

That is when the flight attendants asked passengers in the rows ahead of and behind the woman to stand up so employees could subdue her and duct-tape her to the seat.

American Airlines confirmed the incident in a statement sent to The Washington Post on Sunday, saying that as the commotion developed, the crew reported a “potential security concern” after the woman tried to open a boarding door and “physically assaulted and bit a flight attendant.”

“The individual was restrained until the flight landed at CLT [Charlotte] and could be met by law enforcement and emergency personnel,” the statement said. “We applaud our crew for their professionalism and quick effort to protect those on board.”

The pilot told passengers to stay in their seats and said there was “a problem in the plane,” but did not offer further details, leaving other passengers in the back of the plane confused and unaware of what was happening.

A spokesperson for American Airlines did not respond to further questions about the episode, including whether the company’s policy allows the use of duct tape to restrain passengers who endanger others, but the spokesperson said the woman will be barred from its flights pending further investigation.

The Federal Aviation Administration has reported a recent increase in the number of reports of unruly behavior on flights. In May, the agency said it was reviewing 1,300 reports of passengers behaving badly on flights since February — after initiating 1,300 such cases in the decade prior.

In May, a 28-year-old woman on a Southwest Airline flight was accused of attacking a flight attendant after she ignored instructions as the plane landed in San Diego. She was arrested after allegedly giving the crew member serious bodily injuries, including the loss of two teeth.

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A video posted on TikTok showed the woman wearing a purple shirt, strapped to her seat with silver duct tape over her mouth and around her arms and chest, screaming what sounds like “You! You! You!” as passengers exited the aircraft past her and flight attendants calmly saw people off.

Even after being fully restrained, the woman continued to yell obscenities throughout the flight, LeClair said.

“All we wanted was for the flight to land, which felt like an eternity,” LaClair said, praising the flight crew for its quick response and for keeping the passengers safe in a volatile situation.

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A video posted to TikTok shows a woman with duct tape slapped over her mouth and restraining her body on an American Airlines flight from Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, to Charlotte in North Carolina, on Tuesday (local time). 

A woman who posted the video explained the unruly passenger was seen taped up in first class and attempted to scream at people as they disembarked the plane after landing. 

She said about an hour into the journey, chaos broke out as "flight attendants were running up and down the aisles, frantically whispering to each other".

The passenger said the crew then were ensuring bathrooms were locked and grabbed bags from the overhead lockers. 

"It was just kind of like chaos and no one knows what's going on," TikTok user @lol.ariee said in the video. 

Passengers on the flight were later informed of a "bad situation".

“Then we’re gradually starting to hear more and more screaming, and we’re like, ‘Wait a minute',” the woman said.

A flight attendant later explained a woman had "an outburst" after a mental breakdown and was attempting to get off the plane. 

"She was saying, 'I need to get off this plane,' and she went up to the exits and started banging on the doors, saying, 'You need to let me off this plane!'" the TikToker continued.

The woman bound to her chair was reportedly spitting, biting and attacking flight attendants as they attempted to calm her.

“I guess it took all five flight attendants to subdue her and like literally take her down," the woman said in the TikTok video. 

An American Airlines spokesperson confirmed the incident in a statement to Yahoo News Australia.

The airline said the passenger "attempted to open the forward boarding door" and was then restrained "for the safety and security of other customers and our crew".

The spokesperson added the passenger "caused injury" to a flight attendant. 

"We applaud our crew for their professionalism and quick effort to protect those on board," the spokesperson said. 

The woman was taken to a local hospital and the airline placed her on an internal no-fly list while investigations into the incident continue. 

The woman who posted the TikTok video said the action taken against the unruly passenger was too drastic.  

"What was happening seemed like it was beyond the woman's control," the TikTok user said.

"They should have a better way of going about it ... I feel like it was handled poorly."

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Flight attendants duct tape woman to seat after chaos erupts on plane

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Credit: Social media photo via TikTok

The crew aboard an American Airlines flight was forced to duct tape a woman to her seat last week after she allegedly attempted to open the door of the aircraft in midflight, according to reports.

The harrowing incident occurred July 6 aboard Flight 1774 — a predawn trip from Dallas-Fort Worth to Charlotte, North Carolina.

The two-hour flight had been delayed for about three hours before the plane finally took off at midnight. But an hour into the flight, chaos erupted.

That’s when the woman allegedly stood up and tried “to open the forward boarding door” then “physically assaulted, bit and caused injury to a flight attendant” who tried to intervene, reports said.

Eventually the crew was able to overpower the woman and restrain her with duct tape “for the safety and security of other customers and our crew,” American Airlines confirmed in a statement.

Video of the episode posted on social media showed the woman with silver duct tape over her mouth, arms and across her body, and around the woman’s seat.

She could be heard screaming, “You! You! You!” as passengers walked past her to exit the plane, according to reports.

Passengers first noticed commotion in the cabin about 1:30 a.m., when flight attendants began turning on the lights and “running up and down the aisles, frantically,” according to The New York Post, citing footage posted by a TikTok user named @lol.ariee.

The crew next began locking bathrooms and grabbing bags from overhead bins, but wouldn’t reveal what was going on, @lol.ariee said.

Soon the pilot was on the intercom telling passengers to remain seated because of “a bad situation in the plane right now,” witnesses said.

“Then we’re gradually starting to hear more and more screaming, and we’re like, ‘Wait a minute,’” @lol.ariee said, according to reports.

It was unclear whether the unidentified woman would face any charges, but the airline placed her on a no-fly list pending an investigation, reports said.

After calm was restored, a flight attendant who sat near passengers during landing explained that the woman had experienced an apparent mental health episode, saying she “had an outburst and like, had the urge to get off the plane. And she was saying, ‘I need to get off this plane,’ and she went up to the exits and started banging on the doors, saying, ‘You need to let me off this plane!’” according to The New York Post.

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WATCH: Woman Duct-Taped To Seat After Trying To Open Plane Door Mid-Flight | iHeartRadio

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A viral video shows a woman who apparently tried to open a plane door mid-flight duct-taped to her seat.

The video, initially shared by TikTok user @lol.airee, showed the woman screaming from a first class seat of American Airlines Flight 1774 as passengers exited the aircraft.

The woman reportedly attacked flight attendants and attempted to open the plane's front door after it was airborne, the New York Times reports.

In a follow-up video, @lol.airee explained that the incident began halfway through the two-hour flight when "all flight attendants were running up and down the aisles, frantically kind of like whispering to each other."

The TikTok user said crews locked bathrooms and grabbed bags from overhead bins, but didn't tell other passengers what was happening.

"It was just kind of like chaos and no one knows what's going on," @lol.airee added.

The pilot finally updated the situation over the intercom and told passengers to say in their seats due to "a bad situation in the plane," but didn't specify on details, according to the TikTok user.

A flight attendant who sat near the passengers later explained that a woman described as going through an apparent mental breakdown "had an outburst" and attempted to get off the plane mid-flight.

"She was saying, 'I need to get off this plane,' and she went up to the exits and started banging on the doors, saying, 'You need to let me off this plane!'" @lol.ariee said.

The woman reportedly got aggressive, biting, spiting and attacking flight attendants, which led to crew members deciding to "take her down" and use duct tape.

The original video, which has since been re-shared on multiple platforms, was viewed more than 4 million times and showed authorities waiting at the plane's entrance as passengers were exiting the aircraft.

American Airlines told the New York Post that the woman "attempted to open the forward boarding door" mid-flight and needed to be restrained "for the safety and security of other customers and our crew" in relation to the incident.

The TikTok account was inactive as of Monday (July 12).

First Class Passenger Bites Flight Attendant, Get's Duct Taped to Her Seat

Paddle Your Own Kanoo 12 July, 2021 - 05:23pm

A First Class passenger onboard an American Airlines flight from Dallas Fort Worth to Charlotte was duct-taped to her seat after she allegedly tried to open an emergency exit mid-flight and then bit one of the flight attendants.

The incident occurred on Tuesday but is only now coming to light after Tik Tok footage of the aftermath started going viral. Video creator Arieana Mathena said there was “chaos” onboard the flight and that flight attendants were “frantic” as they dealt with the unruly passenger.

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American Airlines has confirmed the incident with a spokesperson saying that a passenger: “attempted to open the forward boarding door and physically assaulted, bit and caused injury to a flight attendant”.

Flight 1774 was due to depart DFW at 8:55 pm on July 6 but didn’t take off until around 12:16 am. Around an hour into the flight, passengers suddenly became aware that was something was going on. From where she was sat in Economy, Arieana explains:

“It was about a two-hour flight and around 1.30 all of a sudden they started turning the lights on and we see flight attendants running up and down the aisles frantically, kind of like, whispering to each other, talking on the phone with somebody, just frantic.”

“Everyone’s kinda like ‘now we’re alert, what’s going on’. So the flight attendants weren’t saying anything, they kept running to First Class, kinda doing things, grabbing bags from the overhead,” Arieana said.

“It was kinda like chaos and nobody knew what was going on”.

“Then the pilot goes on the intercom and makes an announcement saying: ‘We ask that you guys stay in your seats for the remainder of the flights unless it’s an extreme emergency. We understand that there’s a bad situation on the plane and we’re working to fix it”.

Arieana said the pilot’s announcement unsettled some of her seatmates because they weren’t told exactly what was happening and some feared worst-case scenarios. It wasn’t long, however, before they started to hear more and more screaming coming from the First Class cabin.

Still none the wiser as to what was actually happening, it wasn’t until a flight attendant took her jumspeat for landing that Arieana and some of the other passengers found out what had happened.

“She started explaining that there was a passenger in the First Class section that they believed had autism or schizophrenia and she had an outburst and had the urge to get off the plane… She was screaming and frantic and she went up to the exits and started banging on them”.

“It took all five flight attendants to subdue her and literally take her down,” Arieana said in an explainer video.

As she got off the plane in Charlotte the woman remained strapped to her seat and paramedics waited with a stretcher outside the aircraft until all the other passengers had deplaned.

In a statement, American Airlines explained: “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.”

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