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Woman restrained with duct tape after attempting to open plane door on flight to N.C.
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Woman restrained with duct tape after attempting to open plane door on flight to N.C.

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A woman was duct-taped to her seat on an American Airlines flight last week to Charlotte, a video posted to social media shows, after passengers and the airline say she tried to open a door on the plane mid-flight.

The passenger was flying from Dallas-Fort Worth to Charlotte on American flight 1774 on July 6 when she attempted to open the front boarding door and physically assaulted and bit a flight attendant, according to American Airlines.

The flight, with 190 passengers, landed safely at 3:21 a.m. on July 7, according to American.

The video posted to TikTok shows the woman, in visible distress, restrained to her seat as passengers left the plane at the Charlotte airport.

The woman was taken to a hospital for evaluation after the flight landed safely at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the airline said. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were also present at the landing, according to American.

“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,” American said in a statement.

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It’s typically physically impossible to open a plane door mid-flight, American Airlines confirmed to the Observer. There are thousands of pounds of pressure pushing on the door due to the difference in pressure on the inside and outside of the plane during flight.

Other reports of unruly behavior

The Federal Aviation Administration has received thousands of reports of “unruly behavior by passengers” since the beginning of the year, including more than 2,400 reports of passengers refusing to wear masks.

And since Jan. 1, the FAA has proposed more than $682,000 in fines against unruly passengers, according to the agency.

That includes a $9,000 fine against a passenger on a Feb. 19 Allegiant Air flight from Greensboro to St. Petersburg, Fla.

In that case, the FAA alleges the passenger refused to wear his facemask during boarding and on the flight. Flight attendants repeatedly told him to wear his facemask and that facemasks must be worn in between sips of beverages and bites of food. He loudly argued with a flight attendant and began to unbuckle his seatbelt to stand and “get into it and get to the bottom of this” with the flight attendant. The flight attendant retreated several rows back. The passenger also began photographing and recording other passengers without their permission. Crew members notified the captain of his behavior but felt unsafe speaking with him again, the FAA said.

Last week, a group of teens caused an overnight delay for a flight from the Charlotte airport to the Bahamas after American Airlines said some members of the group became disruptive and refused to wear masks.

And one TikTok video posted in June showed an American Airlines flight attendant scolding passengers who verbally abused them on a flight from Los Angeles to Charlotte.


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