Several Frontier flight attendants have been suspended after they duct taped an unruly passenger to his seat.
The flight attendants were forced to restrain the passenger after he allegedly punched and groped crew members and cursed at passengers.
The incident, which was captured on camera and posted online, occurred during a flight from Philadelphia to Miami.
As per NBC News, a police report from the incident explains that the man, reportedly named as Maxwell Berry, allegedly had 2 alcoholic drinks during the flight and once he finished his drink, he brushed his hand against a flight attendant buttocks.
Berry then spilled a drink on his shirt, and after going bathroom, he emerged topless.
A flight attendant then helped Berry get a new shirt from his luggage, when he allegedly groped the breasts of another flight attendant. He later came up behind the women “and put his arms around both of them and groped their breasts again,” according to the police report.
A third flight attendant was then asked to watch Berry, but when the flight attendant asked him to remain in his seat, Berry allegedly punched him in the face.
To deal with Berry’s volatile behaviour, flight attendants then taped him to the seat and tied him with a seatbelt extender.
Berry was arrested after the plane landed.
Frontier Airlines have since told TMZ that the passenger made inappropriate physical contact with 2 flight attendants and physically assaulted another.
They say the passenger “needed to be restrained” until the flight landed and police arrived.
The staff members involved with the incident have since been placed on paid leave, a decision that has been criticized by some.
In a statement obtained by USA Today, Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, slammed the decision as she claims management should “be supporting the crew” rather then suspending them.
“Management suspended the crew as a knee-jerk reaction to a short video clip that did not show the full incident,” she said.
“Management should be supporting the crew at this time not suspending them. We will be fighting this with every contractual and legal tool available, but we would hope there will be no need for that as management comes to their senses and supports the people on the frontline charged with keeping all passengers safe.”
Frontier are working with law enforcement to prosecute the passenger and an investigation is pending, TMZ reports.