On a Frontier Airlines flight from Philadelphia to Miami on Saturday, Aug. 7, 22-year-old Maxwell Berry allegedly sexually assaulted two female flight attendants and punched a male flight attendant. But what makes this now-commonplace occurrence stand out is that the flight attendants teamed up to force Berry into a seat—and duct-taped him in place.
Berry was intoxicated, according to arresting officers, and had been consuming alcohol on the flight. He was subsequently arrested and charged with three counts of battery.
Another passenger recorded parts of the incident on his cellphone, including Berry screaming about how wealthy his parents are. The video also records cheers and laughter from the rest of the passengers as Berry is being secured in the seat with tape.
According to an ABC News television report, Frontier has suspended the flight attendants. As part of the news report, the passenger who recorded the incident on video told the station he was angry the crew members were being punished.
Update: Frontier Airlines issued a statement that reads, in part: “Frontier Airlines maintains the utmost value, respect, concern, and support for all of our flight attendants, including those who were assaulted on this flight. We are supporting the needs of these team members and are working with law enforcement to fully support the prosecution of the passenger involved.”