A first class passenger on American Airlines flight 1774 from Dallas to Charlotte on Tuesday was duct taped into her seat after reportedly attacking flight attendants and trying to open an aircraft door during the flight.
According to another passenger on board, about halfway through the flight commotion began and cabin crew locked bathrooms and took bags out of overhead bins. A pilot announced that everyone would have to remain in their seats because of “a bad situation” on the aircraft. A flight attendant explained that the woman tried to get off the aircraft, saying “I need to get off this plane” and banged on the doors.
The flight attendant relayed to passengers that the woman hit, spit on and bit crew. They duct taped her mouth and tied her into her seat.
According to American Airlines,
While in flight from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to Charlotte (CLT) on July 6, the crew on board 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.
Apparently the reduced legroom and padding of American’s new domestic ‘Oasis’ first class seats wasn’t the trigger for the meltdown.