An American Airlines passenger travelling on the 2hr flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to Charlotte, North Carolina had a mental breakdown mid-flight and had to be restrained with duct tape. The American Airlines Flight 1774 passenger allegedly tried to open the emergency doors of the plane, after experiencing a mental breakdown episode and wanting to get off the plane while in mid-air, according to USA Today.
The passenger was restrained with “Flex cuffs and restraint tape” until the plane reached Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The American Airlines Flight 1774 had 190 crew members on-board. The passenger was taken to hospital by emergency personnel upon landing.
Fellow passengers said the woman got agitated and does not want the plane to fly anymore. “She started getting more and more agitated and very loud, and the man sitting next to her, along with the flight attendants, kindly tried to console her and calm her, but nothing worked”. It was reported that the restrained passenger yelled obscenities after she was restrained.
“I guess it took all five flight attendants to subdue her and like literally take her down. They pretty much took her down, put her in the seat and duct taped her.”
American Airlines confirmed the incident, telling the New York Post the woman assaulted and bit a flight attendant after she “attempted to open the forward boarding door” and was restrained “for the safety and security of other customers and our crew”.