Passenger taped to plane seat after ‘groping breasts’ in boozy mid-flight scrap
An angry airline passenger who “touched two flight attendants’ breasts” and claimed that his parents were worth two million dollars before punching a member of airline staff completed his journey taped to his seat.
Max Berry, a 22-year old from Ohio, had reportedly already had at least two drinks when the incident occurred.
According to a Miami-Dade County Police report, Berry brushed his empty cup against a flight attendant’s buttocks as he demanded another drink. She told him not to touch her, but eventually gave him the drink.
However, Berry then went on to spill his new drink down himself.
Berry went to the plane’s toilet to change but came out topless and airline staff had to help him get a dry shirt out of his carry-on bag and put it on.
It was at about this point, according to police reports, that Berry “came up from behind” and put his arms around two female flight attendants and groped their breasts.
A scuffle then ensued and, according to passenger Alfredo Rivera, who was seated immediately behind Berry, the 22-year-old then punched a male flight attendant in the face.
"He was starting to get aggressive and basically attacked the male flight attendant,” Mr Rivera said.
At their wits’ end, aircrew used duct tape to secure Berry to his seat. Mr Rivera used his phone to capture some of the incident on video.
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When the plane landed Berry was met by Miami police, who handcuffed him and took him into custody.
Frontier Airlines, operator of the Philadelphia to Miami service, issued the following statement: “During a flight from Philadelphia to Miami on July 31, a passenger made inappropriate physical contact with a flight attendant and subsequently physically assaulted another flight attendant.
“As a result, the passenger needed to be restrained until the flight landed in Miami and law enforcement arrived.
"The flight attendants will be, as required in such circumstances, relieved of flying pending completion of investigation of the events.”
Berry has been charged with three counts of battery and is currently in custody in Miami-Dade County Jail – TGK Correctional Centre.
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