News, Frontier Airlines Now Supports Flight Crew Who Restrained Man Who Allegedly Assaulted Them - Cnn

News, Frontier Airlines Now Supports Flight Crew Who Restrained Man Who Allegedly Assaulted Them - Cnn

Frontier Airlines now supports flight crew who restrained man who allegedly assaulted them

Frontier Airlines now says it 'supports' and will pay the crew of flight attendants it had earlier said were suspended after restraining a passenger charged with groping and punching them.

8/4/2021 3:46:00 AM

Frontier Airlines now says it 'supports' and will pay the crew of flight attendants it had earlier said were suspended after restraining a passenger charged with groping and punching them.

Frontier Airlines now says it 'supports' and will pay the crew of flight attendants it had earlier said were suspended after restraining a passenger charged with groping and punching them.

(CNN) —Frontier Airlines now says it"supports" and will pay the crew of flight attendants it had earlier said were suspended after restraining a passenger charged with groping and punching them.The airline initially told CNN the crew members"will be, as required in such circumstances, relieved of flying pending completion of an investigation."

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But after the union representing its flight attendants criticized the airline's"knee-jerk reaction to a short video clip that did not show the full incident," the airline voiced support for its crew."Frontier Airlines maintains the utmost value, respect, concern and support for all of our flight attendants, including those who were assaulted on this flight," spokeswoman Jennifer de la Cruz said in a statement."We are supporting the needs of these team members and are working with law enforcement to fully support the prosecution of the passenger involved."

The incident on the weekend flight from Philadelphia to Miami comes as flight attendants around the country are grappling witha surge in unruly and even violent passengers.The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it received 100 reports of unruly passengers in the past week, for a total of 3,715 this year -- a number far above anything it has seen before.

What happened in the cabinThe passenger had had two drinks, spilled a third on himself, was wandering the cabin shirtless and groped the breasts of two female flight attendants, according to a report by the Miami-Dade Police Department. The police report identified him as Maxwell Wilkinson Berry of Norwalk, Ohio. Phone calls by CNN to numbers listed for Berry were not answered on Tuesday.

"You guys f*cking suck!" Berry is heard shouting in a video clip shared with. "My parents are worth more than two million god d*mn dollars!"Maxwell Wilkinson Berry has been charged with three misdemeanor counts of battery.Miami-Dade Police Department

Flight attendants helped him find a shirt after he spilled the drink, according to the police report. A third flight attendant"asked him several times to calm down and remain seated," and the passenger"punched [him] in the face with a closed fist."

A flight attendant and"nearby passengers restrained the defendant and had to tape him down to the seat and tie him with a seat belt extender for the remaining flight," police said.A man can be seen in in the video using a roll of tape to strap the passenger in a seat as he continues to shout.

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A source familiar with Frontier said the airline's planes do carry duct tape that can be used in extreme situations to restrain a violent passenger. The source said Frontier's onboard kits do not include flexible plastic handcuffs, as some airlines carry. Frontier's spokeswoman did not comment on what restraint devices are carried on its aircraft.

She said the passenger"needed to be restrained until the flight landed in Miami and law enforcement arrived."'One of the worst examples'The union representing Frontier's flight attendants told CNN the incident is"one of the worst examples" of unruly passengers this year.

"A drunk and irate passenger verbally, physically and sexually assaulted multiple members of the crew," said Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants."When he refused to comply after multiple attempts to de-escalate, the crew was forced to restrain the passenger with the tools available to them onboard," she said."We are supporting the crew."

Related contentAFA said last week that 85% of nearly 5,000 members who responded to a union survey reported having experienced an unruly passenger this year, and nearly one in five encountered a violent passenger.Frontier did not tell CNN whether the passenger will be barred from future Frontier flights.

Berry was charged with three counts of battery, according to the police document. It identifies the charge as a misdemeanor and says FBI agents who also came to the scene and said they were not going to pursue federal felony charges. Read more: CNN »

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The flight attendants did wonderfully and should be rewarded. I see flight attendants work so hard dealing with very poor behavior on planes. There should be more severe consequences. GOOD!!! This is outrageous passenger behavior and who knows what he would’ve done if not for these attendants. It’s a crime in NYC to assault a bus driver any MTA employee same should apply here. This assault .

At minimum you should support your hard working flight attendants that eat crap all the time, I am not a airline employee, but have seen the abuse. What a crappy job serving ignorant, drunk, assholes! Glad this airline had seen the light White man breaks the law and black victims get punished amerikkka

I’m surprised no felony charges. What qualifies for a felony, if not that? As they should.

Frontier Airlines Passenger Taped To Seat After Allegedly Groping Flight AttendantsThe airline says the flight attendants were “relieved of flying” pending an investigation. How times have changed! Years ago a flight attendant complained to me as I got off the plane. It seems I did not flirt with her enough. Did this pathetic person try to use turbulence as an excuse for his wandering hands? Lol

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Passengers duct tape man to seat after in-air fight on Frontier Airlines planeMaxwell Berry was arrested at an airport in Miami after he allegedly groped two flight attendants and then got into a physical altercation with a third. Look if the Moron is throwing punches yea duck tape him or put a parachute on the dummy Ok at first I laughed.. but now that I read it..what an a******! People better get ready for no alcohol on the flights. Americans are behaving so badly on flights. These people have no class. Just disgraceful. I absolutely hate flying to the U.S.

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