A woman who was taped to her seat on an American Airlines flight with duct tape last year after allegedly assaulting the crew and trying to open the cabin door has been given a record fine.
The Federal Aviation Administration Friday announced a hefty $81,950 fine against the unidentified woman, along with a slew of penalties against other rowdy passengers.
The woman was on an overnight flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to Charlotte last July when she fell in the aisle. She threatened to hurt a flight attendant who offered to help her, the FAA said.
The unhinged traveler then pushed the flight attendant aside and tried to open the cabin door. She “repeatedly” hit a flight attendant on the head and was quickly restrained in flexible cuffs, but still managed to “spit, headbutt, bite and kick” the crew and other passengers, the federal agency said.
A now-deleted TikTok video shows the woman strapped into what appears to be a premium window seat with her mouth and torso wrapped in gray duct tape. She was taken to hospital for examination after the flight landed in Charlotte.
The FAA has seen a sharp rise in the number of “unruly passengers” since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency launched 1,099 investigations last year, up from 183 in 2020 and 146 in 2019.
Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg warned passengers not to be ‘assholes’ during a performance on The View on Friday before the fine was announced.
The unidentified woman who was held in duct tape in July aboard an American Airlines flight from Dallas to Charlotte has been fined $82,000.
The woman allegedly hurt a flight attendant who offered to help her after she fell down the aisle. She then ran to try to open the cabin door and hit another flight attendant ‘repeatedly’ on the head.
Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg warned airline passengers not to be ‘a jerk’ as record fines were imposed on two unruly passengers on Friday
The FAA has seen a sharp rise in the number of “unruly passengers” since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency launched 1,099 investigations last year, up from 183 in 2020 and 146 in 2019
‘Look. It’s one thing to be grumpy on a flight. I sometimes have that feeling,” Minister Buttigieg said on Friday. “But hey, it’s another thing to endanger flight crews and endanger fellow passengers. We have no tolerance for that.’
Two flight attendants tried to stop the woman on board the July 6 flight.
The FAA says it hit one of them “repeatedly” on the head, then bit, headbutt and kicked the crew and other passengers.
TikTok user @lol.ariee, Arieana Mathena, said it was clear that something was happening in the front of the plane and started locking the bathroom doors.
She said the crew started frantically running up and down the aisle in an attempt to secure the plane as best they could.
Finally, the captain made an announcement and told the passengers to remain in their seats, stating only that there was a problem in the front of the plane.
After the plane landed, the woman was still seen duct-taped to her seat, complete with tape placed directly over her mouth.
She had to stay in her seat because other passengers were allowed to leave the plane, which landed in the early hours of July 7.
Ambulance crews were waiting at the gate with a stretcher. Police were also present at the landing and ‘arrested’ her before being taken to hospital for examination
The FAA has launched 309 investigations into unruly passengers this year, already higher than the total number of investigations launched in 2019 and 2020
Ambulance crews were waiting at the gate with a stretcher. Police also attended the landing and “arrested her,” the FAA said.
American Airlines confirmed in a statement that the passenger was “constrained” after worrying crew members.
During the July 6 flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to Charlotte, the crew aboard American Airlines Flight 1774 reported a potential safety issue after a customer attempted to open the front boarding door and physically assaulted, bit and injured a flight attendant. ,’ read a statement.
“For the safety and security of other customers and our crew, the individual was detained until the flight landed on CLT and could be accommodated by law enforcement and emergency services,” the statement continued.
The woman was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation before being placed on American Airlines’ no-fly list.
The FAA has also proposed a $77,272 fine for a female passenger on a Delta flight from Las Vegas to Atlanta last July after the passenger “attempted to hug and kiss the passenger next to her; walked to the front of the plane to try to exit in flight; refused to return to her seat; and bit another passenger several times.’
Delta said Friday it has “no tolerance whatsoever for unruly behavior at our airports and on our flights, as nothing is more important than the safety of our customers and people.”
The FAA has launched 309 investigations into unruly passengers this year, already higher than the total number of investigations launched in 2019 and 2020.
“If you’re on an airplane, don’t be a jerk,” Minister Buttigieg advised last week. ‘Don’t endanger your fellow passengers.
“The bottom line is that if you’re on an airplane and you endanger crew members and fellow passengers, you could also be referred for criminal charges, and you could lose the privilege of flying on that airline, period.” said Buttigieg.