A passenger on an American Airlines flight from DFW International Airport to North Carolina was restrained with zip ties and duct tape Wednesday morning after authorities say she became violent.
Flight 1033 was approaching Charlotte Douglas International Airport when 36-year-old Charlene Sarieann Harriott, who was seated at the back of the plane, ran toward the cockpit, according to a criminal complaint.
Flight attendants chased after Harriott when she refused to stop, The Charlotte Observer reported, eventually restraining her in the first-class section with zip ties and duct tape as the plane touched down.
At that point, Harriott “became more aggressive and physically violent,” according to the complaint — biting one crew member on the arm and breaking the skin, kicking another attendant in the stomach and leg and punching a third crew member in the arm.
Mecklenburg was arrested on three counts of assault and battery, as well as the federal charge of interfering with a flight crew member. She was being held Thursday at the Mecklenburg County jail and will remain there until a detention hearing next week.
The flight attendants, who weren’t seriously injured, were treated at a clinic at the airport.