Passengers Duct-Tape Man To Seat After He Groped And Punched A Flight Attendant

Passengers Duct-Tape Man To Seat After He Groped And Punched A Flight Attendant

Maxwell Berry groped female flight attendants and punched a male attendant in an inebriated state. The flight attendants who were involved in restraining him were suspended.

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A passenger on a Frontier Airlines flight misbehaved with multiple female flight attendants before punching a male flight attendant. His unruly behavior was handled in a bizarre manner when he was duct-taped to his seat till the landing of the flight so he wouldn't cause more trouble on the journey.

The man was identified as 22-year-old Maxwell Berry who was taking the flight from Philadelphia to Miami on July 31. On arrival, he was arrested by the police on three counts of battery. As per an arrest report acquired by The Washington Post from the Miami-Dade Police Department, FBI agents who responded to the scene said that they would not pursue federal felony charges.


Berry has been accused of groping two female flight attendants and brushing a cup against another attendant's "backside inappropriately" while inebriated in the process of ordering another drink. The situation went from bad to worse and at one point Berry spilled his drink on his shirt and then took it off in the bathroom. A flight attendant helped him get a new shirt from his luggage before he began walking around the aircraft for 15 minutes, reported PEOPLE. This was when he put his arms around the female flight attendants and groped their chest, a report stated.


When a male flight attendant tried to intervene and asked Berry to get back to his seat and remain calm, he was punched. Berry proceeded to tell the flight attendant to "shut the f*** up," before insisting that his "parents are worth more than f****** two million goddamn dollars" as per a video uploaded by ABC News' Sam Sweeney. The video also shows the male flight attendant duct-taping Berry to his seat and NBC News reported that the other passengers intervened when a fight broke out by using duct tape to "tape him down to the seat and tie him with a seatbelt extender for the remaining flight."


Berry was later released on a 1,500 bond and has no future court appearance scheduled, the court records state. He also has no legal representation listed. On the other hand, the flight attendants who were involved in restraining were suspended. Frontier Airlines in an initial statement said: "During a flight from Philadelphia to Miami on July 31, a passenger made inappropriate physical contact with a flight attendant and subsequently physically assaulted another flight attendant. As a result, the passenger needed to be restrained until the flight landed in Miami and law enforcement arrived." It concluded, "The flight attendants will be, as required in such circumstances, relieved of flying pending completion of an investigation."


Their suspension was met with backlash from the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, the union representing Frontier's airline crew. Sara Nelson, President of the union, said in a statement: "Management suspended the crew as a knee-jerk reaction to a short video clip that did not show the full incident. Management should be supporting the crew at this time not suspending them. We will be fighting this with every contractual and legal tool available, but we would hope there will be no need for that as management comes to their senses and supports the people on the frontline charged with keeping all passengers safe."


This prompted the airline to reconsider the suspension and said that the flight attendants’ "paid leave status is in line with an event of this nature pending an investigation." The airline also released a statement: “Frontier Airlines maintains the utmost value, respect, concern, and support for all of our flight attendants, including those who were assaulted on this flight. We are supporting the needs of these team members and are working with law enforcement to fully support the prosecution of the passenger involved.”


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