Woman Duct Taped To Seat On American Airlines Flight To Charlotte Faces Largest FAA Fine Ever
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The woman who was duct taped to a seat on an American Airlines flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to Charlotte in 2021 must now pay a $81,950 fine, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
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Officials with American Airlines say the woman attempted to open the forward boarding door and 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 in CLT and could be met by law enforcement and emergency personnel,” says American Airlines.
The FAA alleges the passenger threatened to hurt the flight attendant that offered help to the passenger after she fell into the aisle. The passenger then pushed the flight attendant aside and tried to open the cabin door. Two flight attendants tried to restrain the passenger, but she repeatedly hit one of the flight attendants on the head. After the passenger was restrained in flex cuffs, she spit at, headbutted, bit and tried to kick the crew and other passengers, according to the FAA. Law enforcement apprehended her in Charlotte.
Officials say the customer has been placed on American’s internal refuse list pending further investigation.
Another passenger has been fined $77,272, respectively, and is part of the approximately $2 million the agency has proposed since Jan. 1, 2022. That fine involves a passenger on a July 16, 2021, Delta Air Lines flight from Las Vegas to Atlanta. The FAA alleges the passenger attempted to hug and kiss the passenger seated next to her; walked to the front of the aircraft to try to exit during flight; refused to return to her seat; and bit another passenger multiple times. The crew had to physically restrain her.