Caught on camera: Woman gets duct-taped to seat after trying to open airplane door mid-flight

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A woman allegedly became unhinged on an American Airlines flight in early July, which resulted in her attacking a flight attendant and ultimately being duct-taped to her seat. 

Video posted on social media showed the woman with silver duct tape over her mouth, with her arms and body seemingly taped to the seat, after she allegedly tried to open the plane door mid-flight.

The New York Post reported that she could be heard screaming, “You! You! You!” as passengers exited American Airlines Flight 1774 past her, as flight attendants calmly nodded their goodbyes, according to the footage posted by TikTok user @lol.ariee.

When @lol.ariee describe the events that unfolded, she said that the two-hour flight on July 6th from Dallas-Fort Worth to Charlotte, NC, had been delayed for at least three hours before it finally departed at midnight. She went on to say that the woman’s meltdown occurred approximately one hour into the trip.

She said that flight attendants began turning on the lights around 1:30 a.m.:

“and we see all flight attendants running up and down the aisles, frantically kind of like whispering to each other.”

The plane’s crew began locking bathrooms, grabbing bags from overhead bins, and wouldn’t say what was happening, @lol.ariee said.

She continued:

“It was just kind of like chaos and no one knows what’s going on,” 

According to the passenger, this is when the pilot finally spoke over the intercom, asking people to stay in their seats, and referencing “a bad situation in the plane right now,” 

She noted:

“Then we’re gradually starting to hear more and more screaming, and we’re like, ‘Wait a minute,’” 

According to reports, just as the plane was about to land, a flight attendant who sat near @lol.ariee explained that a woman with an apparent mental issue:

“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!’”

When speaking about the incident, she said:

“I guess it took all five flight attendants to subdue her and like literally take her down so,”

She added:

“They pretty much took her down, put her in the seat and duct taped her.”

A representative at American Airlines told TMZ:

“While in flight from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to Charlotte (CLT) on July 6, the crew on board American Airlines flight 1774 reported a potential security concern after a customer attempted to open the forward boarding door and physically assaulted, bit and caused injury to a flight attendant.”

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.”

Emergency personnel met the flight on the ground in Charlotte, and took the woman to a local hospital, said the airline, who placed her on American’s “internal” no fly list pending an investigation.

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American Airlines pilot reportedly threatens to ‘dump’ pro-Trump passengers who started chanting ‘USA’ after DC trip

January 10, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – The political turmoil that has spread across the land between the left and the right has now spread to the open skies. On Friday, a pilot on a flight from Washington, D.C. to Phoenix, Arizona threatened to divert and drop pro-Trump passengers in the middle of Kansas.

Mindy Robinson, who identifies herself as a conservative activist, political commentator, and 2022 candidate for District 3 Southern Nevada under the Patriot Party, posted a video on Twitter saying:

“Wow. I’m on a plane full of patriots flying from DC to Phoenix and we started chanting “USA” …and the Captain came on and told us he’d drop us off in Kansas if he had to if we didn’t obey their every single rule. American Airlines is everything but American.”

https://twitter.com/iheartmindy/status/1347630575159570442

Pro-trump passengers on Flight AA1242 flying from Reagan National Airport to Phoenix Sky Harbor began chanting “USA, USA” as they returned to Phoenix from the Capitol Hill riot. The pilot on the American Airlines flight warned passengers over a loudspeaker to stop chanting:

“This is the way it’s gonna be. This is going to be a four-and-a-half-hour flight out to Phoenix. We’ll put this plane down in the middle of Kansas and dump people off.

“I don’t care. We will do that if that’s what it takes, so behave, please.”

Following the pilot’s warning, several passengers voiced their disapproval. One passenger can be heard say, “Isn’t this supposed to be American Airlines.” Another was heard shouting, “Behave? What, are we in America?”

Robinson said the airplane was “full of patriots.”

One passenger on the flight later said that some passengers began heckling Senator Lindsey Graham at the airport prior to the flight. Arizona resident Cliff Mansley said:

“He deserves our respect, and he was very respectful to me.”

Republican Senator Graham was confronted by Trump supporters at the airport to board a flight. The unruly crowd shouted “traitor” at the Senator.

Mansley then commented on his participation in the Capitol siege:

“(At the Capitol) I asked a police officer if I could cross the barrier that was on the ground and he shrugged his shoulders and said, ‘why not?’ They were totally unprepared. It almost seemed too easy for the crazy people who went up over the top,”

A spokesman for American Airlines issued a statement regarding the incident:

“Prior to departure from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), the pilot onboard flight 1242 made an announcement emphasizing the importance of following crew member instructions and complying with mandatory face-covering policies.”

Twitter had mixed reactions to Robinson’s post. One user, identified as Nate Igor Smith, tweeted:

“Why don’t you just leave your fellow passengers alone like a normal human?”

Robinson responded that the chant only lasted about ten seconds, and that “if saying ‘USA’ offends you so much…f***g move.”

https://twitter.com/iheartmindy/status/1347999198201872384

User Master Rebecca Schoenkorpf pointed out the Capitol riot in her response to the video:

“You had to obey RULES to fly on an AIRPLANE with a bunch of people who had just KILLED A COP in the CAPITOL?”

Airlines were anticipating problems as rioters returned home on flights from Washington. DC.  The Association of Flight Attendants (CWA) called for rioters to be banned from flights departing the capital. International President Sara Nelson, pointing out that there were also problems on flight traveling to the “Stop The Steal,” issued a statement calling for participants to be banned from flights:

“The mob mentality behavior that took place on several flights to the D.C. area yesterday was unacceptable and threatened the safety and security of every single person onboard.

“Our first priority in aviation safety and security is to keep any problems on the ground. Some of the people who traveled in our planes yesterday participated in the insurrection at the Capitol today. Their violent and seditious actions at the Capitol today create further concern about their departure from the DC area.

“Acts against our democracy, our government, and the freedom we claim as Americans must disqualify these individuals from the freedom of flight.”

On Thursday, House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) urged the Transportation Safety Administration and the FBI to add “violent perpetrators” who participated in the Capitol attack to the federal No-Fly list.

Alaska Airlines banned 14 passengers from future travel with the carrier after “unacceptable” behavior on a flight from Washington to Seattle. The Seattle-based airline said the flight late Wednesday had passengers who were “non-mask complaint, rowdy, argumentative, and harassed out crew members.”

A delta flight from Washington to Minneapolis removed two “unruly” passengers. The airline did not comment on the cause, but several witnesses said they were removed for having a conversation expressing their support for Donald Trump.

The Federal Aviation Administration vowed to take “strong enforcement action” against disruptive passengers, saying the agency agreed to the concerns expressed by the Association of Flight Attendants. FAA Administrator Steven Dickson issued a statement:

“I expect all passengers to follow crew member instructions, which are in place for their safety and the safety of flight. Unruly passenger behavior … can distract, disrupt, and threaten crew members’ ability to conduct their key safety functions.

“FAA will pursue strong enforcement action against anyone who endangers the safety of a flight, with penalties ranging from monetary fines to jail time.”

U.S. airlines have increased security actions at Washington-area airports following the attack on the Capitol on Wednesday, and American Airlines halted alcohol services on all outbound and inbound flights in the capital.

Pro-Trump supporters invaded the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in an attempt to stop lawmakers from certifying the Electoral College vote in the 2020 presidential election. During the five-hour assault that overwhelmed the Capitol police, five people died, including a 35-year-old woman shot by police and a Capitol Police Department officer.

 

 

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