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Frontier Airlines staff members duct-tape groping passenger to seat

Airline says it’s placed crew involved on paid leave while probing their response to passenger who grabbed two flight attendants’ breasts and punched another in face

Maxwell Berry after being duct-taped to his chair on a Frontier Airlines flight to Miami in July 2021. (Screen capture/Twitter)
Maxwell Berry after being duct-taped to his chair on a Frontier Airlines flight to Miami in July 2021. (Screen capture/Twitter)

MIAMI — After flight attendants were filmed duct taping a misbehaving passenger to his seat on a Miami-bound flight, Frontier Airlines said Tuesday that its staff-members involved in the incident would be suspended pending an investigation.

Witnesses said the restrained passenger, 22-year-old Maxwell Berry, had groped two female flight attendants and punched a male flight attendant in the face before the cabin crew resorted to the unique measure of restraint.

Berry, of Norwalk, Ohio, was arrested Saturday at Miami International Airport and charged with three counts of misdemeanor battery, according to a Miami-Dade police report.

Berry had two drinks while on the Frontier Airlines flight and ordered another drink, police said. Berry brushed an empty cup against the backside of a flight attendant, who then told him not to touch her, officials said. At some point, Berry spilled a drink on his shirt, went to the bathroom and came out shirtless, the report said. A flight attendant helped him get another shirt from his carry-on.

Police said that, after walking around for 15 minutes, Berry allegedly grabbed the chests of two female flight attendants. They called a male flight attendant over to watch Berry, who punched the other man in the face, officials said. The flight attendant and nearby passengers restrained Berry in a seat with tape and a seatbelt extender, the report said.

Frontier Airlines released a statement saying that they are working with law enforcement to prosecute the passenger. The flight attendants have been placed on paid leave pending an investigation.

Berry was freed on $1,500 bond. Online court records didn’t list an attorney.

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