An apparently unhinged woman was physically restrained to her chair with strips of duct tape aboard an American Airlines flight after she allegedly tried to open the plane’s door while the craft was in flight and assaulted a crew member.
Video of the shocking scene was initially posted on social media on Sunday. The short clip shows the gray-haired woman with silver duct tape over her mouth, and her arms and body seemingly taped to the seat.
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.
American Airlines confirmed the incident, saying in a statement that an unnamed woman was restrained by crew members on board a late-night flight from Dallas, Texas to Charlotte, North Carolina last week.
“While in flight from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to Charlotte (CLT) on July 6, the crew onboard 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,” the company said.
The statement continued: “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. We applaud our crew for their professionalism and quick effort to protect those on board.”
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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