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Passenger Gets Duct-Taped To Seat After 'Punching And Groping' Flight Attendants

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Passenger Gets Duct-Taped To Seat After 'Punching And Groping' Flight Attendants

An airline passenger was duct-taped to his chair after he reportedly punched a male flight attendant and groped female members of the crew whilst walking around the plane with his shirt off.

WPVI-TV reports a man named Maxwell Berry, 22, from Norwalk, Ohio was arrested on Saturday (31 July) after a Frontier Airlines flight from Philadelphia to Miami.

Maxwell Berry, 22, from Norwalk, Ohio. Credit: Miami Dade County Corrections
Maxwell Berry, 22, from Norwalk, Ohio. Credit: Miami Dade County Corrections

Berry reportedly had two drinks on the plane and used his empty cup to touch the backside of a female flight attendant.

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He then managed to spill his drink on his shirt, went to the bathroom and came out without a shirt on.

One of the flight attendants then helped him find a new shirt to wear from his suitcase - while Berry was walking around the plane shirtless for 15 minutes and he reportedly began to grope the chests of several women on the flight crew.

That's when a male flight attendant saw what Berry was doing and went to address the situation. The 22-year-old responded by punching that crew member in the face.

Passengers felt like they had to step in and managed to restrain the American, duct-taping him to his seat.

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Credit: Twitter/Alfredo Rivera
Credit: Twitter/Alfredo Rivera

ABC Reporter Sam Sweeney tweeted a video filmed by another passenger named, Alfredo Rivera. It contains some strong language:

In the clip, Berry is seen to be screaming 'you guys f***ing suck', whist shouting that his parents are worth 'more than f***ing two million goddamn dollars'.

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The 22-year-old also seems to mention his grandfather's wealth, although it's hard to hear exactly what was said.

A spokesperson from Frontier Airlines told ABC that the flight crew is suspended from flying until the incident has been investigated.

They 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.

"The flight attendants will be, as required in such circumstances, relieved of flying pending completion of an investigation."

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After landing, Mr Berry was handcuffed by police and taken to Miami-Dade County Jail. He has been charged with three counts of battery.

Flight attendants have been experiencing an increased level of violence on flights and The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have received 2,500 reports of unruly behaviour from passengers since January of this year.

The FAA has also said those who assault flight attendants can face jail time and up to $35,000 (£25,000) in fines.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/Alfredo Rivera

Topics: flight, Aeroplane

Anish Vij
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