An out-of-control passenger on a Frontier Airlines flight bound for Miami from Philadelphia on Saturday groped two flight attendants and then punched another before he was subdued and duct-taped to his seat.
The unhinged man was identified as Maxwell Berry, 22, from Norwalk, Ohio. He is accused of assaulting a male flight attendant and groping the breasts of two other female flight attendants on the July 31 flight.
It all started when Berry had two drinks and then ordered a third before the chaotic incident occurred. He allegedly brushed his empty cup against the backside of one of the female flight attendants according to the police report. He then spilled a drink down his shirt and went to the bathroom. Berry emerged shirtless and a flight attendant assisted him in getting another one from his carry-on.
He proceeded to walk around for 15 minutes and then groped two female flight attendants, grabbing them from behind. Berry then punched a male flight attendant in the face who had been summoned to keep an eye on him. That’s when things really spiraled out of control and passengers wound up subduing and duct-taping Berry to his seat while he yelled for help.
(Video Credit: WPLG Local 10)
“He came from behind and put his arm around both of them and groped their breasts again,” the arrest report states. One of the female flight attendants told Berry “don’t touch me” before he started complaining about his gum and wrapped it in a napkin.
His actions were caught on video by a passenger sitting behind him named Alfredo Rivera. “He started to get aggressive and basically attack the male flight attendant,” Rivera told Local 10 News. He also recorded Berry being taped to his seat as passengers held him down.
Berry was left taped to his seat until the flight landed. Police were waiting and arrested him. He was charged with three counts of battery and taken to Miami-Dade County Jail – TGK Correctional Center.
Frontier Airlines released a statement noting that a passenger made “inappropriate physical contact” with a flight attendant and assaulted another during the videoed altercation.
“As a result, the passenger needed to be restrained until the flight landed in Miami and law enforcement arrived,” Frontier Airlines stated. “The flight attendants will be, as required in such circumstances, relieved of flying pending completion of investigation of the events.”
As COVID lockdowns have been eased and travel has increased, violent altercations on flights and at airports have also been on the rise.
According to The Daily Mail, the Federal Aviation Administration reported in June that more than 3,000 incidents have been reported since January of 2021 involving altercations with passengers. Approximately 76 percent of the run-ins involved passengers refusing to wear a mask while on their flight.
The agency has raked in $682,000 in fines since new regulations went into effect this year. After announcing a “zero-tolerance policy” against unruly passengers last January, the FAA has publicized potential fines of up to $30,000 leveled against more than 80 passengers. That is more than three times the average number of cases in a year.
People were applauding the duct-taping of the passenger on social media:
What the heck else were they supposed to do with a completely out of control passenger? Maybe they need to be equipped with a way to deal with this since the world is shit and people are terrible.
— Emily Pfizerhausen 💉 (@silly_emily3) August 3, 2021
The passenger clearly was having mental issues and the crew did what was necessary to protect the other passengers and crew. If he would have acted like this in public he would’ve been restrained in some manner. So kudos to the crew for taking action!
— 🕊Sheila Pettiford🕊 (@Pettifor2Sheila) August 3, 2021
I wish I had been there to see this. I bet the passengers were grateful for that duct tape….great idea
— Jennifer Linn (@JenniferLinn17) August 3, 2021
It really does have thousands of uses lol.
— Shelby *Recovering Republican* Fully Vaccinated (@cannabananaRN) August 3, 2021
Shouldn’t this result in a lifetime commercial flight ban for Max Berry? Maybe Mommy and Daddy can buy him a Lear Jet.
As for the crew, Heroes!
It’s getting to the point where flight crews may need to start demanding hazardous duty pay.
— Robert Pelton (@WollastonWntr63) August 3, 2021
The dude is bragging about his parents being worth 2 million dollars while he’s riding in the back of a Frontier flight.
— Shari Lynn (@LynnSharig8) August 3, 2021
Taping this guy up was the right thing to do. The guy was violent and they merely restrained him is all. Frontier should reward the crew, not punish them.
— Richard Caslon (@CaslonRichard) August 3, 2021
Absolutely… I would have helped them
— Barb’s Keto Comfort Zone (@aday_barbara) August 3, 2021
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