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
Passenger Restrained After Midair Attempt to Deplane
A passenger jet in flight.   (Getty Images)

(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. (Read more Frontier Airlines stories.)

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