Crazy flight attendant removed from American Airlines plane in Dallas

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  1. MutteringJohn

    MutteringJohn Well-Known Member

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    You can hear her screaming as the police remove her in this raw CBS news video. Sounds like Debbie The Pet Lady. Just click through video to watch on YouTube.

    An American Airlines flight headed from Dallas-Fort Worth to Chicago returned to the gate just prior to take off this morning when a female flight attendant began making inflammatory remarks over the public address system.
    Greg Lozano, a passenger on the flight, told ABC News "The last thing she said [before they took the mic from her] was 'hey pilot, I'm not going to be responsible for your crash.'"
    Passengers intervened and restrained the flight attendant before Dallas airport police boarded the flight. The Dallas Morning News reports passengers said police escorted the flight attendant, kicking and screaming, to one of several police cars that surrounded the plane on the tarmac.
    Passenger Brad LeClear helped restrain the disturbed woman and said she put up quite a struggle, even as she was being held by passengers. "She told me she was bipolar," he said.

    Bethany Christakos said she heard two flight attendants arguing in an "unprofessional conversation" about whether the flight was going to take off or return to the terminal. She said she will "never forget" the sound of the one attendant's "blood curdling screams" just before authorities took her off the flight. "I will never get the sound out of my head," she said.
    The airline is treating the incident as a medical issue.
    Officials at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport say two females were transported to local hospitals after the incident, one to Parkland Health and Hospital System, and one to Baylor Grapevine.
    A source tells ABC News that in addition to the remarks about the plane crashing, the flight attendant may have referenced 9/11 and American Airlines' union issues.
    American Airlines' parent company, AMR Corp., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Nov. 29, 2011. Bloomberg reports that union groups, including flight attendants, on Thursday asked mediators to join talks with management as the carrier seeks $1.25 billion in labor concessions, including 13,000 job cuts.
    American Airlines said in a statement:
    "This morning Flight 2332 had left the gate at DFW bound for Chicago, when an incident occurred involving some of the cabin crew. The aircraft returned to the gate, where it was met by Department of Public Safety officers. Two flight attendants were taken to local hospitals for treatment. We continue to investigate the details and circumstances and will have no further comment at this time.
    We will ensure that the affected flight attendants receive proper care, and we commend our other crew members for their assistance in quickly getting the aircraft back to the gate so that customers could be re-accommodated. Our customers were not in danger at any time.
    The cabin crew was replaced. The flight departed for Chicago at 9:46 a.m., and is scheduled to land around noon. We apologize for any inconvenience to our customers and we appreciate their patience and understanding."
    Officials at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport tell ABC News they are not pursuing any charges at this time.
    The Association of Professional Flight Attendants has also issued a statement:
    "There was an unfortunate but non-violent confrontation involving a flight attendant aboard an aircraft preparing for takeoff this morning at DFW.
    Passenger accounts have been reported in the media but details remain sketchy.
    The incident is being investigated by the proper authorities with the full cooperation of APFA. APFA representatives have been in contact with the crew, the company, and the authorities and are providing assistance as needed. No one was seriously injured and the flight to ORD did eventually take off with a different flight attendant crew."


     
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    FlaFlaFlunkie Fabulous!

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    All right, so it seems that a person, living with a mood disorder, either didn't take her meds and/or other stressors in her life, despite taking the proper amount of medication, triggered an episode.

    I'm glad to see that the airline is treating this as a medical issue and no one's overreacting.

    People, this is the face of bipolar disorder.

    I'm sure she's a lovely woman the other 364 days out of the year, but one critical event or stressor can trigger a hypomanic episode. Now it'll probably take about a week or two of adjusting her medication and she'll be perfectly fine.

    It's not like people who are bipolar just snap "out of nowhere." There are signs.
     
  3. Morning Wood

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    For some reason there's something very lame about all those people filming it. People are very slack-jawed.
     
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    MutteringJohn Well-Known Member

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    The woman sounds like chimp in the 911 chimp attack call. You hear the chimp in the first few seconds and it sounds just like the flight attendant.

     
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    wow ... must have made asking for nuts a tad awkward later on in that flight
     
  6. BethsZygote

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    The biggest danger on an airplane is the fucking crew.

    Did they waterboard her yet?

    "Not pursuing charges" The better press fucking charges, if only to discourage the next loon.

    Id fucking sue the airline for the distress it caused me as a passenger. Bill them for my security work....
     
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    A bipolar flight attendant? What's next-- a dog with four legs?
     
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    i thought it was so low rent. really made me sick to see all those people sitting and recording it, laughing, secretly hoping that they would be the first to break the news. instead of helping or worrying, they simply turned it into a game to amuse themselves. p.s. -- aren't your stupid cell phones supposed to be turned off anyway, a'la 'words with friends' fiasco with alec baldwin?
     
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    ...but if the reason this "loon" behaved the way she did was because of a temporary, medical condition; one over which she (perhaps) had little (if any) control, would you still feel the same way?
     
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    If she is truly mentally ill, I don't think arresting her would act as a deterrant, to her or another mentally ill person. So some people were uncomfortable for a few minutes, so what? The whole sensitivity when it comes to terrorism and not being able to say certain words on planes is way overblown.
     
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    The whole term "mentally ill" is part of the problem.

    It's a simple mood disorder that can be controlled with medication. The stigma attached to "mentally ill" is part of the reason those who suffer from behavioral disorders don't seek treatment or find it difficult to get support to stay on medication.

    If you had a heart problem, you might be prescribed medication necessary for your continued health. Why is the brain looked at and treated with any different regard?

    Yes, the brain controls our consciousness, our thoughts and ultimately, our actions but for that reason alone, more attention and care should be devoted to helping those who live with mood disorders and less focus perpetuating stereotypes and childish name calling.
     
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    Art Grandiloquent Bloviator VIP

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    This may be a stretch, but I'm guessing you aren't a licensed psychologist.
     
  13. Senator Rick

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    :jj:
    Exactly what my wife said when I played it for her.
    I thought it sounded like Mercedes McCambrige doing the demon voice-over for Linda Blair in The Excorcist.