An air passenger was gagged and taped to her seat after allegedly trying to open a plane door and biting cabin crew in the middle of a flight.
A fellow passenger filmed the disturbing scenes on the American Airlines flight from Dallas to Charlotte on July 6.
Video posted on social media showed the grey-haired woman with silver duct tape over her mouth, and her arms and body seemingly taped to the seat.
The woman, who has not been identified, could be heard screaming, “You! You! You!” as passengers exited past her — flight attendants calmly nodded their goodbyes, according to the footage posted by TikTok user @lol.ariee.
The restrained passenger – who has not been identified – is thought to have suffered a "mental health episode" about two hours into the three hour trip.
It had been delayed for at least three hours before it finally departed at midnight before the chaos broke out, the TikTok user Arieana Mathena said.
She said that it was clear something was happening toward the front of the plane as cabin crew began locking the bathroom doors, Mail Online reports.
Flight attendants began turning on the lights at around 1.30 am, she said, “and we see all flight attendants running up and down the aisles, frantically kind of like whispering to each other.”
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The plane’s crew began locking bathrooms, grabbing bags from overhead bins, and wouldn’t say what was happening, she said.
“It was just kind of like chaos and no one knows what’s going on,” she continued.
Finally the pilot spoke over the intercom, asking people to stay in their seats, and referencing “a bad situation in the plane right now,” according to the passenger.
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“Then we’re gradually starting to hear more and more screaming, and we’re like, ‘Wait a minute,'” she noted.
Paramedics were later seen standing by with a stretcher at the gate after the plane landed.
American Airlines confirmed the incident in a statement.
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A spokesman said: "While in flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to Charlotte on July 6, the crew on board American Airlines flight 1774 reported a potential security concern after a customer attempted to open the forward boarding door and physically assaulted, bit and caused injury to a flight attendant.
"For the safety and security of other customers and our crew, the individual was restrained until the flight landed at CLT and could be met by law enforcement and emergency personnel."
The woman was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation, before being placed on American Airlines' no-fly list.
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