A US airline passenger who allegedly attacked crew members mid-flight was later zip-tired and duct-taped to a seat until the plane landed.
As American Airlines flight 1033, from Dallas/Fort Worth was preparing to land in Charlotte last week, Charlene Harriott is accused of getting up from her seat near the back of the plane and running toward the front.
She is then accused of ignoring flight attendants’ instructions to sit down, according to an FBI complaint filed in federal court.
Authorities said cabin crew, who were already in their jump seats preparing for landing, chased after Harriott.
The flight attendants then restrained her with duct tape and zip ties in a first-class seat.
While restrained, Harriott allegedly became “more violent” and bit one flight attendant in the arm.
She is also accused of kicking another crew member.
In video of the incident posted to TikTok, a woman can be seen taped to a seat and crying out as passengers walk past her while leaving the aircraft.
User @lol.ariee explained a flight attendant told some passengers she “had an outburst” and was attempting to get off the plane.
“She was saying, ‘I need to get off this plane,’ and she went up to the exits and started banging on the doors, saying, ‘You need to let me off this plane!’” the TikToker said.
The flight later landed without incident.
American Airlines later confirmed the incident, saying the woman “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,” the airline said in a statement.
The criminal complaint says Harriott faces a charge of interfering with a flight crew.
– With NBC