American Airline flight attendants duct-taped a woman to her seat during a flight, and it was caught in a video. Apparently, it was done after the woman tried to open the door of the plane during the flight.
A passenger recorded the video after the plane was safely on the ground, and in the video, you can see the woman taped on the seat with her mouth covered. She appears to be noisy and shouting for help.
It is believed that she suffered a mental breakdown and started shouting hysterically. After she tried to open the door from the plane, she attacked some members of the crew, who explain that there wasn’t another solution to the situation but to restrain the woman
The flight’s route was from Dallas Fort Worth, Texas, to Charlotte, North Carolina.
American Airlines, an airline that has been sharply criticized before over its treatment of passengers, confirmed that the incident happened during one of their flights.
The airline had reported to fellow passengers that the female passenger ‘had an outburst’ and that there was a ‘bad situation on the plane’.
They said in a statement that the passenger had created a safety and security incident and had attacked crew members, also attempting to bite them.
The statement said:
“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.”
“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.”
Although flight attendants are trained in handling this kind of situation, there does not seem to be a precedent for taping people to their seats. It is nearly impossible to open an airplane door while it is in the air.