Woman Duct-Taped To Chair After Trying To Open Plane Door Midflight



The 190 passengers of American Airlines Flight 1774 boarded the plane last week in an orderly manner and took their seats for an approximately two-hour ride from Dallas-Fort Worth to Charlotte.

Elizabeth LaClair was sitting in Row 2 when she heard a woman sitting behind her say to the man next to her that she did not want the plane “to fly up anymore,” becoming increasingly unsettled.

“She just seemed off and very odd,” said LaClair, who was flying back home to Augusta, Ga., after hiking in Utah.

“She started getting more and more agitated and very loud, and the man sitting next to her, along with the flight attendants, kindly tried to console her and calm her, but nothing worked,” LaClair added.

Suddenly, the woman who appeared to be in her 30s and had green hair ran to the door and tried to open it, LaClair said.

Flight attendants ran and “tackled” the woman, then restrained her wrists and feet with duct tape and what appeared to be zip ties, LaClair added.

“It was the look of pure shock of someone who has been a flight attendant for many years and is thinking, I can’t believe this is happening,” she said.

After being partially restrained in a crew area, LaClair said, the woman seemed to become more erratic and violent by the minute, kicking and screaming expletives, causing “a ruckus.”

That is when the flight attendants asked passengers in the rows ahead of and behind the woman to stand up so employees could subdue her and duct-tape her to the seat.

American Airlines have confirmed the incident in a statement.

The Airlines spokesperson told Insider in an emailed statement that the woman "attempted to open the forward boarding door and physically assaulted, bit, and caused injury to a flight attendant."

"We applaud our crew for their professionalism and quick effort to protect those on board," the spokesperson added.

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