Updated 08/03/2021 8:54 PM
The crew of a US airline Frontier Airlines plane
tied a passenger to his seat with duct tape
groped and assaulted flight attendants
during a flight between Philadelphia and Miami.
The man, identified as Maxwell Berry, was
aboard the aircraft, where he ordered alcoholic beverages, according to a Miami-Dade County Police report.
The report also details that the
spilled a drink on himself before going to the bathroom to change.
The violent passenger, tied to his seat with duct tape and watched by a member of the crew.
He left there
and walked the corridors of the plane for about 15 minutes, in which he
harassed and groped two flight attendants.
Finally, he agreed to the request to put on a shirt and pulled a new one from his carry-on, but continued his violent attitude.
In a video posted by various local outlets, Berry can be seen
from his seat.
Then, after hitting a flight attendant in the chest, the crew members tied him to his seat (the 28D) with duct tape until the arrival of the flight to Miami, where he
was arrested by the Police accused of three counts of assault. ,
The AFP agency reported.
22-year-old Maxwell Berry beat a flight attendant in addition to groping the flight attendants and ended up taped to his seat.
Suspension and controversy
The airline confirmed the incident in a statement and added that the crew members involved in what happened would be
"suspended from flight until the investigation of the events is completed."
The president of the United States union of flight attendants CWA, Sara Nelson, regretted this decision of the company in a statement.
This is how the violent passenger was tied up with duct tape.
"We will fight this with all the contractual and legal tools available, but we hope it will not be necessary as the management is sensible and supports the front line people charged with keeping all passengers safe," he stated.
According to a survey carried out by two unions in the sector with almost 5,000 flight attendants,
85% of them had to deal with problem passengers in 2021
, and one in five said they had suffered a physical incident during their work.
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