Passenger Restrained After Midair Attempt to Deplane

Crew, other travelers duct-tape man to seat
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2007 12:19 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A redeye flight from Denver to New York took a frightening turn yesterday when a passenger leaped from his seat and tried to open the rear door of a Frontier Airlines jet. Flight attendants and passengers then restrained the man by strapping him to his seat with duct tape. A source tells the Post the 35-year-old is mentally ill.

A fellow passenger told Denver's KUSA the man was acting strangely before the episode and didn't calm down even after he'd been restrained: "The whole rest of the flight, all the way in, he was yelling and trying to bite the tape." The man was hospitalized upon arrival at La Guardia.