A woman who was duct-taped to her seat on an American Airlines flight was fined an all-time high. The unidentified woman who attacked the crew and attempted to open the cabin door mid-flight was fined $81,950 by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The incident occurred in July of last year, but the FAA revealed the fine on Friday, following a thorough investigation. This is the most severe penalty imposed by the American aviation controller to date. According to the New York Post, the woman fell into the aisle on a late-night flight from Dallas to Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 6, 2021. According to the FAA, she then threatened to harm the crew member who attempted to assist her.
According to the Post, the woman bit a flight attendant as she lunged forward “to open the front boarding door” while the plane was at cruising altitude.
According to an airline spokesperson, she was restrained “for the safety and security of other customers and our crew.”
The Daily Mail, which also contacted American Airlines, reported that despite being restrained in flex cuffs, the woman managed to “spit at, headbutt, bite, and kick” the crew.
She was then bound to a seat with duct tape around her mouth and torso. After the plane touched down in Charlotte, the woman was taken to the hospital.
A user recorded the entire incident and posted it on TikTok. According to the Post, the video showed the woman yelling “You! You! You!” as passengers moved past her to exit the plane.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the FAA has reported a significant increase in unruly passengers. Last year, it initiated 1,099 inquiries, up from 183 in 2020 and 146 in 2019.