Sunday 15 August 2021

13 Year Old Boy Duct Taped To Seat On American Airlines Flight

AMERICAN A321-231 N123NN (MSN 6256)      File Photo

A teenager flying American Airlines ended up duct-taped to his seat after getting into an altercation with his mum. The boy had allegedly been trying to kick the window out of the A321 they were traveling on. The flight from Kahului (OGG/PHOG) to Los Angeles (LAX/KLAX) was diverted to Honolulu (HNL/PHNL), leading to a four-hour delay for passengers. It seems that duct tape is the new must-have accessory in every flight attendant’s bag as a means of dealing with the rapid rise in unruly passengers. Following an incident in July where a first class passenger ended up taped to their seat, American Airlines has used the super sticky tape to restrain another person onboard their flight. Only this time, it was a 13-year-old boy.

According to footage obtained by the Los Angeles CBS Local, American airlines was flying from Kahului to Los Angeles when a 13-year old boy became disruptive. People on the flight have told the press that he began to be violent towards his own mother, and attempted to kick out the window adjacent to his seat around an hour into the flight. Fearing for the safety of others onboard, nearby passengers restrained the boy to prevent him from harming anyone else. A flight attendant then appeared and proceeded to duct tape the passenger to his seat, something we’ve seen all too often recently.

The flight had departed the island of Maui at around 12:30. It should have arrived at LAX at around 21:00 local time. Instead, passengers were faced with a delay of around four hours, as the plane was diverted back to Hawaii. Rather than landing back at Kahului, the aircraft headed to Honolulu, where it was met by police and the teen detained for his disruption.

American Airlines told Simple Flying,
Flight 212 from Kahului Airport, Maui (OGG) to LAX diverted to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, Honolulu (HNL), due to an incident with a passenger onboard. After landing at HNL at 3:47 p.m. (local time), customers were re-accommodated on other flights or provided hotel accommodations. Safety and security are our top priority, and we apologize to our customers for any inconvenience this caused.

The other passengers on the Airbus A321neo finally took off from Honolulu at 16:30 local time, arriving back in Los Angeles at just after 1 AM. The hike from LA to Hawaii is already a fair trek, only made much longer by this onboard incident.

Aircraft Information:
Airline: American Airlines
Code: AA/AAL
Aircraft: Airbus A321-253NX
Registration: N424AN
Serial Number: 10141

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