(NEXSTAR) — An unruly American Airlines passenger was certain to her seat with heavy-duty tape on a July 6 flight from Dallas to Charlotte, video posted to social media appeared to indicate.
American Airways has since confirmed the incident, claiming that the disruptive girl was bodily restrained after biting one of many flight attendants and trying to open the boarding door.
Footage from the incident, shared to TikTok by consumer @lol.arie final week, exhibits passengers deplaning in Charlotte. As they stroll towards the boarding door, a girl may be seen taped right into a seat within the ahead cabin, yelling on the passengers as they move.
Legislation enforcement officers and medical personnel are additionally seen ready on the jetway simply outdoors the plane door.
The video, which has since been deleted from TikTok, had been considered greater than 4 million occasions on the social media platform. The identical consumer additionally posted a follow-up video explaining the allegedly “frantic” scene aboard the plane, which was additionally later deleted.
In a press release obtained by Nexstar, American Airways elaborated on the circumstances surrounding the incident.
“Whereas in flight from Dallas-Fort Value (DFW) to Charlotte (CLT) on July 6, the crew on board American Airways flight 1774 reported a possible safety concern after a buyer tried to open the ahead boarding door and bodily assaulted, bit and prompted damage to a flight attendant,” stated a consultant for the airline. “For the protection and safety of different clients and our crew, the person was restrained till the flight landed at CLT and could possibly be met by regulation enforcement and emergency personnel.”
American Airways added that flight attendants initially tried to “deescalate” the state of affairs earlier than resorting to restraints — particularly, flex cuffs and restraint tape.
After passengers deplaned, regulation enforcement officers in Charlotte, together with medics, transported the girl to an area hospital, American Airways has stated. All different passengers exited the plane with out incident, in response to the airline.
The girl is at present on the airline’s no-fly checklist pending an investigation.
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