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Unruly Spirit Flyer Deplanes in Zip-Ties

After a drunk Spirit Airlines flyer became unruly aboard a flight to Nashville, passengers and the flight crew were forced to restrain her using zip-tie handcuffs.
Overserving flyers before a trip continues to be a problem, as evidenced by the latest in-flight incident aboard Spirit Airlines.


The Nashville Tennessean reports a 42-year-old woman was arrested at Nashville International Airport (BNA) on accusations of attacking other passengers and crewmembers.


Flyer Claims “I Didn’t Do Anything Wrong” at Arrest

The incident happened after the Spirit flight departed Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) for Nashville. During the hour-long flight, the unnamed flyer reportedly became aggressive with both the crew and those around her. According to statements from the attendants, the passenger allegedly attacked two crewmembers with punches and hair pulls.


The flyer was subdued by a combination of the cabin team and other passengers. Zip-tie handcuffs were utilized to tie the traveler’s feet together, and police were called to meet the flight upon arrival. The police report states the flyer exhibited signs of being drunk, including smelling of alcohol and speaking with a slur.


When questioned by authorities, the flyer said that she had “a lot” to drink before boarding, and further claimed “I didn’t do anything wrong.” Later, the traveler reportedly told police to “shoot me” in response to their questions.


Although the flyer launched an attack on the flight crew, the attendants said they did not wish to press charges against the person. The flyer was arrested by police but released less than 12 hours later. Her case will not be pursued by local officials.


As a result of her behavior, a Spirit spokesperson told the newspaper that she will not be banned from future travel with the carrier. A spokesperson for BNA noted that the incident remains “under investigation.”


Justice Department Asks U.S. Attorneys to Prioritize Criminal Prosecution of In-Flight Incidents

With the unprecedented rise in in-flight incidents, the U.S. Department of Justice is now stepping in to demand more action be taken against badly behaved flyers. Before the Thanksgiving holiday, attorney general Merrick Garland announced a new priority for federal attorneys: prosecute poorly-behaved passenger incidents on flights.


“Passengers who assault, intimidate or threaten violence against flight crews and flight attendants do more than harm those employees; they prevent the performance of critical duties that help ensure safe air travel,” Garland said in a statement. “Similarly, when passengers commit violent acts against other passengers in the close confines of a commercial aircraft, the conduct endangers everyone aboard.”

Kids To London December 1, 2021

So what level of bad behavior is required to result in arrest? We're never going to make any progress against air rage if people like this face zero consequences. Lock them up!

seigex November 30, 2021

good thing she wore her mask or else she might have been charged and banned for life...