A woman who allegedly had a mental health episode aboard an American Airlines flight appears to have been taped down after freaking out in the air … and the crew’s drastic response is getting some side-eye.
This video was captured by TikTok user @lol.ariee a few days ago, during a late-night AA flight that she says was taking off from the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport and was in the air for about 2 hours. During that time … a situation unfolded that caused a bit of a panic.
According to the TikToker, flight attendants started frantically running up and down the aisles at around 1:30 AM, locking bathroom doors and securing the scene for something that was happening up near the front. She says no one said anything … just hush-hush whispering.
Eventually, she says the captain got on the intercom, and told everyone to stay in their seats ’cause of the problem toward the front, which he apparently said they were handling. When they eventually landed, this user captured the aftermath … a woman duct-taped to her seat, with her mouth also taped — who was crying out as passengers passed her to deplane.
As the TikTok user exited the plane, she recorded paramedics who were standing by with a stretcher. She later posted other videos saying she’d heard the woman was trying to actually get out of the plane during the flight, and seemed to be having an episode of some sort.
Sources familiar with the situation confirm that latter account to us … saying the woman was, indeed, going ballistic. But, we haven’t heard about her allegedly attempting to open doors or anything. In any case … people are openly wondering if AA handled this the right way.
If she was actually having a breakdown of some sort … some have questioned if restraining her in that manner might actually do more harm than good. Of course, others have pointed out that, in a scenario like that, the crew has to do what they must to keep people safe.
As for American, a rep for the company tells us this … “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.” They add, “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.”
We’ve also heard the woman was taken to a hospital for an evaluation, and that she’s on AA’s no-fly list until further notice. The flight landed successfully without further incident.
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