Woman Restrained With Duct Tape, Zip Ties After Biting, Kicking Flight Attendants

Charlene Sarieann Harriott, 36, was restrained on a flight with zip lines and duct tape after she unexpectedly started to run towards the cockpit on a Thursday, Feb. 1, flight from Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, to Charlotte, North Carolina.

Between 10:15 a.m. and 10:33 a.m., when the flight was some 200 feet off the ground and was about to land, Harriott suddenly stood up from her seat and started to run towards the exit, WJZY reported. The flight crew told her to take her seat, but she didn’t. Flight attendants then got into a struggle with her, as they tried to prevent her from reaching the cockpit. She made it as far as the first class, where she was restrained. She managed to kick one flight attendant, hit another, and bite a third.

Law enforcement officers were waiting for her at the gate and she was booked into Mecklenburg County Jail, facing charges of assault and battery.

The three flight attendants were checked by Airport Medic and used the American Airlines onsite medical clinic for treatment.