(NASDAQ: AAL): A woman was fined a record amount after being duct-taped to her seat on an American Airlines flight.
The unidentified woman who assaulted the crew and attempted to open the cabin door mid-flight was fined $81,950 by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The incident occurred in July of last year, but the FAA just announced the fine on Friday, following a thorough investigation. This is the heaviest fine ever imposed by an American aviation regulator.
According to the New York Post, the woman was on a late-night journey from Dallas to Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 6, 2021, when she fell into the aisle. According to the FAA, she then threatened to harm the crew member who attempted to assist her.
The lady allegedly bit a flight attendant as she pushed forward “to open the front boarding door” while the plane was at cruising altitude, according to the Post.
She was restrained “for the safety and security of other customers and out staff,” according to an airline representative.
Despite being secured with flex cuffs, the woman managed to “spit at, headbutt, bite, and kick” the crew, according to the Daily Mail, which also sought out to American Airlines.
Her mouth and torso were then wrapped in duct tape and she was confined to a seat. After the plane landed in Charlotte, the woman was brought to the hospital.
A user captured the entire incident and uploaded it on TikTok. According to the Post, it showed a woman screaming “You! You! You!” as people walked by her to exit the plane.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the FAA has seen a significant increase in belligerent passengers. Last year, it received 1,099 enquiries, up from 183 in 2020 and 146 in 2019.