Dramatic footage shows a woman had to be duct-taped to her seat after allegedly trying to open a plane door mid-flight.
Staff on the American Airlines flight from Dallas Fort Worth, Texas to Charlotte, North Carolina had to intervene when the passenger became unruly.
She reportedly had a 'mental breakdown' during the nearly three hour route and tried to get the plane door open so she could get out.
The flight had already been delayed by several hours before it was allowed to take off just before midnight.
However, about an hour into the journey, the female passenger became increasingly difficult.
@lol.ariee reportedly uploaded a video to her TikTok account explaining how the pilot told everyone on the plane that measures had to be taken to deal with a First Class who had 'had an outburst'.
She said in her video that staff flicked on the lights at about 1:30am 'and we see all flight attendants running up and down the aisles, frantically kind of like whispering to each other'.
"Then we're gradually starting to hear more and more screaming, and we're like, 'Wait a minute'," she said.
When flight attendants tried to calm the passenger down, that's when things escalated. She is accused of trying to bite and scratch them while screaming that she needed to 'get off this plane'.
The airline claimed the staff successfully 'restrained' the woman until the flight safely touched down at its destination and everyone was allowed to leave without issue. However, footage has been uploaded to social media showing how staff managed to restrain the passenger using duct tape of all things.
@lol.ariee posted footage of her leaving the plane and she managed to capture a split second image of the woman taped to her seat.
The TikTokker criticised the duct tape method and added: "They should have a better way of going about it...I feel like it was handled poorly. What was happening seemed like it was beyond the woman's control. She was scared."
However, American Airlines has defended their tactics and said it was essential to ensure everyone's safety.
The woman was taken to a local hospital once everyone disembarked to be assessed.
While an investigation into the incident is now ongoing, the New York Post claims she has been placed on American Airlines' 'internal' no fly list.
Featured Image Credit: @lol.arieeTikTok
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