The year of crazy airplane passengers continues: ‘Agitated’ woman DUCT-TAPED to airplane seat after biting flight attendant & trying to open door

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      jbnw
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      From https://on.rt.com/bc60 :

      An American Airlines flight spiraled into the surreal after an emotionally disturbed passenger was restrained with duct tape following several midflight no-nos. The airline later defended its Hollywood-esque security measures.

      The routine flight from Dallas, Texas to Charlotte, North Carolina quickly became anything but normal after a female passenger began mumbling to the man sitting next to her that she did not want the plane to “fly up anymore.”

      The “odd” woman “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,” according to a passenger on the ill-fated flight who spoke with the media about the bizarre ordeal.

      The woman, described as in her 30s with green hair, reportedly bolted out of her seat and tried to rip open the plane’s door. She was quickly tackled by flight attendants, who restrained her limbs with duct tact and zip ties, according to the onboard eyewitness.

      Glad it wasn’t my flight!!

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      Hobbit709
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      Good thing they had duct tape.

      I don't waste my time teaching pigs to sing.

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      • #434763
        jbnw
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        Somehow the hijackings in the 1970s seem safer now – there were only 159 in the US!

    • #434815
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      for the increased craziness.

      I would like to remind you that U.S. health insurance companies do not contribute anything to health care. They are only a PARASITIC middle man receiving an undeserved cut of "FREE MONEY".

      Me

      • #434848
        ArtfromArk
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        Delayed reactions to untested Covid vaccine, perhaps?

        “There’s a new spirit abroad in the land. The old days of ‘grab and greed’ are on their way out. We’re beginning to think of what we owe the other fellow, not just what we’re compelled to give him. The time’s coming… when we shan’t be able to fill our bellies in comfort while others go hungry, sleep in warm beds while others shiver in the cold.... And God willing, we’ll live to see that day…” Basil Rathbone,"Sherlock Holmes Faces Death" (Universal 1943)

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          But I don’t know of any crazy behavior from people I know that have been vaccinated.

          I would like to remind you that U.S. health insurance companies do not contribute anything to health care. They are only a PARASITIC middle man receiving an undeserved cut of "FREE MONEY".

          Me

        • #435554
          Paul H Mentzer
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          Slow News days.  No one to report as of Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Ukraine, China, Russia or Europe today, thus they have to fill the news shows with something.  Let’s not forget Trump, he also took up a lot of news time and is today out of power.

          Thus on such slow news days, you get reports like this one.  Worse, with almost everyone having a smart phone with video capacity, news shows have VIDEO to show. Even tens years ago most such incidents would be reported only verbally and since there were no videos to show, not seen as “News” by the news shows.

          This is complicated by even longer news show. I remember when the local and national Evening news show were only 15 minutes long, for a half hour only.  Then in the 1960s both went to 30 minutes shows, for a total of one hour of news a day. Today, we have news shows starting at 4:00 pm and not ending till 7:00 or even 8:00 pm (and let’s not forget CNN and its 24 hour news service).

          Between the longer times given to what is considered “News”, the flood of videos passed off as “News” and the lack of what was once called “Real News”, reports of such incidents are now recorded on video and passed off as news, where even ten years ago such incidents would not be recorded in a video and as not on video dismissed as not news.

          Sorry about the long sentence, but such videos were rare even 10 years ago and as such not news.  On the other hand such incidents are now recorded and is thus passed on as news.

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            But there are over 3000 reported this year, which is why I suggested a year of crazy airplane passengers.

            See “FAA has received 3,000 reports of unruly airline passengers in 2021 so far” from https://www.ktvu.com/news/faa-has-received-3000-reports-of-unruly-airline-passengers-in-2021-so-far :

            LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration said on Monday that it has received approximately 3,000 reports of unruly behavior by airline passengers in 2021 alone.

            “The FAA is strictly enforcing a zero-tolerance policy toward passengers who cause disturbances on flights or fail to obey flight crew instructions in violation of the FAA’s regulations or engage in conduct proscribed by federal law,” the agency said in its May 10 press release.

            Many passengers who have been fined by the FAA were typically involved in incidents in which they refused to follow guidelines by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on wearing face masks in public in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, which had claimed the lives of more than 600,000 Americans as of June 15.

            One passenger is being fined $15,500 for an incident that occurred on Feb. 5, 2021, in which they were told more than 10 times to wear a face mask during the flight. The passenger reportedly refused to wear his mask and also drank mini alcohol bottles that were not served to him by the flight attendants, something the FAA said is against their regulations.

            I don’t know if it’s increased enforcement, increased reporting, reporting otherwise minor incidents as noted above, or if passengers are over-reacting to over a year of restrictions and enforcement.

            I was recently on a flight from Istanbul to San Francisco – crew members were going up and down the aisles intermittently telling passengers to pull up or put on their masks. A 13 hour flight is a long time for a mask, even with a little time with them off for meals.


            @happyslug

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