Flight Attendants Duct-Tape Aggressive Passenger to His Seat
A passenger aboard a Frontier Airlines aircraft was recently arrested and charged with three counts of battery after inappropriately touching two female flight attendants and punching a male attendant.
The man, who has been identified as Maxwell Wilkinson Berry, was flying from Philadelphia to Miami on Saturday but had a little too much to drink and had to be restrained by members of the flight crew.
In a video that has gone viral, the 22-year-old can be seen shouting at the crew as well as other passengers, insulting them and telling them that his parents are worth 2 million dollars.
Berry continued yelling, and when asked to calm down, he told everyone on the plane that his grandfather is an attorney as people around him laughed.
The video then cuts to a physical altercation with a male flight attendant, which was when Berry punched the member of the crew, who is able to subdue the unruly passenger.
Other staff came to the flight attendant's aid, and Berry can later be seen being duct-taped to his seat as the other passengers continued to laugh and cheer.
In another video, the 22-year-old is being filmed, from another angle, completely duct-taped to his chair, asking people for help. At one point, he managed to free his mouth by thrashing his head.
After the situation was heavily shared on social media, Berry claimed that he was "treated like livestock" and that he expected better from a professional airline. He said:
"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."
As reported by the Miami Herald, Berry had been drinking, and, at one point, he wandered around the plane without a shirt on after spilling a drink on himself.
The passenger was not restrained using the proper procedures.
A member of the flight crew helped him retrieve a clean shirt from his carry-on luggage, and, moments later, he allegedly grabbed a flight attendant's breasts while talking to her.
CONSEQUENCES FOR THE CREW
As aforementioned, Berry was arrested after the plane touched the ground, but the flight crew is currently on paid leave pending an investigation for the way they handled the situation.
According to Frontier Airlines, the passenger was not restrained using the proper procedures. They added in a statement that they maintain the "utmost value, respect, concern, and support" for their flight attendants.
Within hours of the largest flight attendant union demanding support for the suspended crew, Frontier is out with a new statement. Frontier says their first statement was rushed, but still will not say if the flight attendants were initially suspended for violating policy. pic.twitter.com/uTyvEWczda— Sam Sweeney (@SweeneyABC) August 3, 2021
Attacks on flight attendants seem to be increasing as of late. In December 2020, a Delta Airlines passenger struck a member of the flight crew and attempted to open the cockpit.
The incident took place during a flight from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Seattle, Washington, and the man is currently facing a potential fine of $52,500.
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