YouTube Comedian’s ‘Alfredo Rivera’ Frontier Flight Attendant Spoof Video Goes Viral

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Variety 06 August, 2021 - 02:54pm 36 views

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The Real Spark, whose name is James Bates according to his Instagram, recorded a mock news interview pretending to be “Alfredo Rivera,” purportedly the Frontier flight attendant who subdued the unruly passenger on a flight from Philadelphia to Miami this past weekend. VarietyYouTube Comedian’s ‘Alfredo Rivera’ Frontier Flight Attendant Spoof Video Goes Viral

The Real Spark, whose name is James Bates according to his Instagram, recorded a mock news interview pretending to be “Alfredo Rivera,” purportedly the Frontier flight attendant who subdued the unruly passenger on a flight from Philadelphia to Miami this past weekend.

The video has been viewed more than 2 million times on YouTube alone so far since it was uploaded two days ago.

In The Real Spark’s video, which includes a news-announcer voiceover intro, Bates as “Rivera” says, “Now understand something. I’m a flight attendant. That means I attend the flights.” He continues, “Sometimes our job has us attending to crazy people. If you push us too far, you’re going to have to attend this ass-whooping.”

He describes the passenger: “This man smelled like a pack of Marlboro cigarettes, four shots of Everclear alcohol and regret — so I know something’s about to go down.” Then “Rivera” says he took out a roll of duct tape, at which point the belligerent passenger “got scared and started stuttering, ‘Hold up, wait a minute, something ain’t right.’ I said, “Yeah, we’re about to m-m-m-m-m-m-m-mummify your ass now, boy.’ So we wrapped him up better than any Christmas present you ever seen.” The 93-second video clip concludes with an outro cutting back to two news anchors laughing in disbelief.

Bates’ video has been widely shared on social media with glee, and some people seemingly thought it was a legit news report. (In a “Good Morning America” segment, Alfredo Rivera was identified as another passenger on the flight who witnessed the altercation.)

Right-wing pundit Piers Morgan tweeted The Real Spark video Friday, saying, “This is utterly fantastic. We need more people like Alfredo in the world.” After social media commenters mocked Morgan for thinking the interview was real, Morgan later claimed he did in fact know the “re-enactment” was a satire.

The passenger at the center of the incident, 22-year-old Maxwell Berry of Norwalk, Ohio, was allegedly intoxicated and groped the breasts of two women flight attendants. Berry has been charged with three misdemeanor counts of assault. His actions on the flight were recorded by another passenger, and that video itself went viral after being shared online by news outlets. The airline said it placed the (real) flight attendants involved on paid leave pending an investigation.

Some of the most popular videos on The Real Spark’s YouTube channel are also fake news reports. The description of the channel says, “Welcome to Spark Nation where you will be entertained by Comedy, Gameplay, Reactions, and more!”

Watch the viral clip of the “Alfredo Rivera” fake news interview:

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Video: US Man, Accused Of Groping, Assaulting Flight Crew, Taped To Seat

NDTV 06 August, 2021 - 09:20pm

Maxwell Berry was restrained to his seat by the crew using duct tape.

An American man has been arrested after being accused of groping two flight attendants and punching a third on a Frontier Airlines flight from Philadelphia to Miami before being taped to his seat, US media reports said this week.

Maxwell Berry, 22, was taken into custody at Miami International Airport on Sunday and charged with three counts of battery, NBC and NPR reported.

Berry is accused of groping the breasts of one flight attendant, touching the buttocks of a second and punching a third in the face, NBC reported.

According to NPR, he was caught on camera shouting at the flight crew and other passengers: "My parents are worth more than f****** 2 million goddamn dollars!"

A video of the incident also shows Berry taking a swing at a male flight attendant during a physical altercation and passengers laughing as he continues to scream.

The video later shows the same male flight attendant securing Berry to his seat, using duct tape, as passengers laugh and cheer in the background.

The clip, posted on Twitter by an ABC News journalist, has been viewed over 12 million times. Warning: the video contains profanity.

Frontier passenger allegedly touched 2 flight attendants breasts, then screamed his parents are worth $2 million, before punching a flight attendant. Frontier suspended the crew for duct taping the passenger to his seat as they landed in Miami. 22 yr old Max Berry is in custody. pic.twitter.com/4xS9Rwvafx

Another video posted by a Twitter user who identified as a passenger on the flight has been seen over 3 million times.

Frontier's action over the incident has also drawn scrutiny with the airline first announcing it had suspended the crew since they had not followed "proper policies for restraining a passenger".

Facing a backlash, the airline reportedly retracted the statement saying it was "rushed" and added the crew had been sent on paid leave according to the rules pending an investigation.

"Frontier Airlines maintains the utmost value, respect, concern and support for all of our flight attendants, including those who were assaulted on this flight," an airline spokesperson said in a statement.

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Is Alfredo Rivera the Flight Attendant Who Duct-Taped a Passenger?

Snopes.com 06 August, 2021 - 09:20pm

On Aug. 6, 2021, a video went viral on social media that supposedly showed a man named Alfredo Rivera, who, according to the video, was the flight attendant who famously duct-taped an unruly passenger to his seat during a Frontier Airlines flight, talking about the ordeal:

Good morning. Happy Friday to Alfredo Rivera ONLY.

Amazing flight attendant that duct taped asshole passenger to his seat. Rivera knew the guy was trouble cause he smelled like "packs of Marlboro cigarettes, Everclear alcohol and regret". 😂😂😂💀#morningjoe #AlfredoRivera pic.twitter.com/M8aveBekLW

— ClockOutWars (@clockoutwars) August 6, 2021

The man featured in this video is not a flight attendant named Alfredo Rivera. This is a comedian who goes by “The Real Spark” parodying the event. 

A few days before this video went viral, another video went viral showing the Frontier passenger berating the other passengers and flight crew. NPR reported that the passenger, 22-year-old Max Berry, was accused of inappropriately touching two female flight attendants, punching a male attendant, and was charged with was charged with three counts of battery:

A passenger aboard a Frontier Airlines flight has been charged with three counts of battery. The passenger is accused of inappropriately touching two female flight attendants and punching a male attendant on Saturday. The flight crew then restrained the unruly passenger and used tape to ensure he stayed seated for the remainder of the flight.

Here’s a video of the incident:

Frontier passenger allegedly touched 2 flight attendants breasts, then screamed his parents are worth $2 million, before punching a flight attendant. Frontier suspended the crew for duct taping the passenger to his seat as they landed in Miami. 22 yr old Max Berry is in custody. pic.twitter.com/4xS9Rwvafx

— Sam Sweeney (@SweeneyABC) August 3, 2021

We’re not sure the names of the flight attendants involved. However, the name “Alfredo Rivera” doesn’t appear to have been pulled from thin air. 

In Reuters report of this incident, they include three photographs that were credited to a person (most likely a passenger) by this name. It appears that “The Real Spark” borrowed this name to create his fictional flight attendant character. 

The comedian originally shared this video to his social media profiles on Aug. 4, 2021. Here’s a copy of the original video:

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Passenger taped to seat after allegedly groping, punching flight attendants

Orlando Sentinel 06 August, 2021 - 09:20pm

Maxwell Berry, the Frontier Airlines passenger who allegedly groped and punched members of a flight crew, resulting in him being duct-taped to his seat to prevent him from attacking again, changed his Twitter handle to "Fuck Max Berry." His recent tweets include boasts of his family fortune and complaints that he was mistreated by the flight crew.

In a since-deleted Tweet, Berry wrote: "This will forever be the most dehumanizing experience in my entire life. Many people laughed and ridiculed me as I was mistreated by staff of a PROFESSIONAL airline. Just to make matters worth this has gone 'viral' on the internet and will never disappear. My life will never be."

People have pointed out the irony of Berry's February retweet of a tweet that said, "Stay away from people who act like a victim in a problem they created."

Berry, who received a "Values in Action" award from his fraternity at Ohio Wesleyan University for being a "perfect role model" for frat brothers, seems to enjoy dehumanization as long as he isn't the one being dehumanized:

Berry faces three counts of assault and was freed after posting a $1,500 bond. The FAA could also fine Berry up to $35,000 and charge him with felony assault against flight crew members.

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Who are Maxwell Berry's parents? Ohio man said they're 'worth more than f**king $2M' on flight

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Released on a $1,500 bond after his arrest for assaulting and groping flight attendants, Maxwell Berry tweeted on August 4, 'You wanna see how rich I am? Everybody drop your cashapp below'

An Ohio man went viral on Wednesday, August 4, after being accused of assaulting a male flight attendant and inappropriately touching two female attendants on board a Frontier Airlines flight. After being confronted by the airline staff, he yelled at them, boasted about how rich his family was, and began throwing punches. He was subdued by an official, who then proceeded to duct tape him to his seat. 

The incident took place on a flight from Philadelphia to Miami on July 31. According to the police report, a drunk Maxwell Berry, 32, from Norwalk, Ohio, had brushed an empty cup against the backside of a flight attendant. He then spilled his new drink on his shirt, went to the bathroom to clean up and came out shirtless. A flight attendant tried to help him with a new change of clothes from his carry-on. After wandering around the airplane for 15 minutes, he proceeded to grope the chests of female flight attendants, the report said. Some other people who have been arrested in the past due to bad behavior on flights include Vyvianna Quinonez and Vincent Kopacek

Frontier passenger allegedly touched 2 flight attendants breasts, then screamed his parents are worth $2 million, before punching a flight attendant. Frontier suspended the crew for duct taping the passenger to his seat as they landed in Miami. 22 yr old Max Berry is in custody. pic.twitter.com/4xS9Rwvafx

In one of the videos recorded of the incident, an unruly Berry is seen yelling at a female flight staff when she appeared to have confronted him regarding his behavior. Maxwell screamed “My parents are worth more than f—–g $2 million goddamn dollars” and “My grandpa is worth more than your f—–g life.” He then proceeded to punch a male staff member in the face before he was restrained in his seats with the help of duct tapes. Unable to move, Berry kept on yelling "help! help!" through the little he could speak from the duct tape covering half of his mouth. However, none of the passengers stepped forward to help him out, only made fun of him. 

Maxwell's father and mother are Christopher Lee Berry and Lisa Ann Wilkinson Berry. According to Conan Daily, his father is a computer tech and his mother works as a teacher at the Norwalk Catholic School. They live in Norwalk, Huron County, Ohio. Both of them are Republicans. Maxwell's father has lived in other parts of Ohio including Dublin, Huron, Powell, Columbus and Hilliard. He holds an associate’s degree and graduated from Norwalk High School in 1988. Lisa attended the same high school from 1986 to 1990. After that, she attended The Ohio State University in Columbus. It is not known how and when Maxwell's parents met or got married. They have three children together, Mason, Maxwell and their daughter Megan Elizabeth. On April 30, 2008, Lisa registered to vote in Huron County. Not much else is known about Maxwell's parents, including their net worth. 

Even after the incident, which led to his arrest when the plane landed, Maxwell is still boasting about his wealth on social media. In a tweet from August 4, he wrote, "You wanna see how rich I am? Everybody drop your cashapp below." He added in another tweet, "I was flying coach cause I like to be among the people." And another said, "is it still f**k Max Berry?" 

You wanna see how rich I am? Everybody drop your cashapp below

I was flying coach cause I like to be among the people

is it still fuck Max Berry?

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Watch: Drunk Passenger duct-taped after misbehaving with passengers and crew

The Indian Express 06 August, 2021 - 03:07am

In a bid to control an unruly passenger on a flight, the crew of an American airline duct-taped a man to his seat. Now, a video of the passenger creating a ruckus is going viral.

The cabin crew of Frontier Airlines had to restrain a 22-year-old drunk passenger on a flight from Philadelphia to Miami for allegedly hitting one of the crew members and groping two women flight attendants.

In a video that went viral, the man in question, identified as Maxwell Berry, was seen shouting at other passengers and boasting about his parents’ wealth and saying they were worth more than $2 million.

Berry assaulted three crew members — punched one and groped two others, The New York Times reported.

After this, a crew member used duct tape to wrap his mouth and taped his body to the seat.

In another video, after being taped to his seat, Berry was seen shouting “Help!”.

— k9spams (@k9spams) August 3, 2021

A version of the video posted by ABC Reporter Sam Sweeney on Twitter, which has over 10 million views was retweeted by Berry himself, who claims he was “treated like livestock.”

“This will forever be the most dehumanizing experience in my entire life,” Berry wrote. “Many people laughed and ridiculed me as I was mistreated by staff of a PROFESSIONAL airline,” NPR reported.

Miami-Dade Police charged Berry with three misdemeanour counts of battery, according to the police report. The Miami Herald reported that Berry had just finished two cocktails and wanted to order another round. “Things began to go awry when the Norwalk, Ohio, man brushed his empty cup against a female flight attendant’s backside “inappropriately,” police said.

Frontier Airlines then stated that the three flight attendants were sent on a paid leave. The airline initially told CNN the crew members “will be, as required in such circumstances, relieved of flying pending completion of an investigation.”

However, after the union representing its flight attendants criticised the airline’s “knee-jerk reaction to a short video clip that did not show the full incident,” the airline voiced support for its crew.

Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) released a statement saying, “A drunk and irate passenger verbally, physically, and sexually assaulted multiple members of the crew. When he refused to comply after multiple attempts to de-escalate, the crew was forced to restrain the passenger with the tools available to them onboard. We are supporting the crew.”

AFA added, “Management suspended the crew as a knee-jerk reaction to a short video clip that did not show the full incident. Management should be supporting the crew at this time not suspending them. We will be fighting this with every contractual and legal tool available.”

The Airlines then in a statement said, “Frontier Airlines maintains the utmost value, respect, concern and support for all of our flight attendants, including those who were assaulted on this flight.”

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