Maxwell Berry, 22, was arrested on three counts of battery on Saturday
A drunk Frontier passenger screamed his parents were worth $2million after groping two flight attendants then punched a third before crew duct taped him to a chair.
Footage captured the moment Maxwell Berry, 22, was duct taped to his seat while on a Frontier flight to Florida.
A second video showed Berry repeatedly shouting ‘help me, help’ while wriggling free from the duct tape around his mouth as the plane came into land.
He was arrested on three counts of battery after the incident, on a flight from Philadelphia to Miami on Saturday.
The meltdown began when the 22-year-old Ohio native, who already had several drinks on the flight, ordered an additional one.
A Miami-Dade County Police report says he brushed an empty cup against the backside of a flight attendant who told Berry ‘don’t touch me.’
Drunk Frontier passenger Maxwell Berry (pictured) allegedly screamed his parents were worth $2million then groped two flight attendants and punched a third before the crew duct taped him to a chair
The meltdown began when the 22-year-old Ohio native (pictured) who already had several drinks on the flight, ordered an additional drink
Alfredo Rivera, who was sitting in a seat behind Berry captured the 22-year-old being unruly and scuffling with a flight attendant trying to subdue him
Video showed Maxwell Berry repeatedly shouting ‘help me, help’ while wriggling free from the duct tape around his mouth as the plane came into land
Berry was seen wriggling free from the duct tape in a second video filmed as the plane came into land in Philadelphia
Berry then spilled his drink on his shirt and went to the bathroom. When he came out shirtless, crew members had to help him get a clean shirt out of his carry-on luggage.
After walking around for 15 minutes, Berry allegedly groped the chest of two female flight attendants.
‘He came up from behind and put his arms around both of them and groped their breast again,’ the report said.
Police said he then punched a male flight attendant in the face.
Alfredo Rivera, who was sitting in a seat behind Berry, captured the 22-year-old while he was scuffling with a flight attendant, trying to subdue him.
‘He started to get aggressive and basically attack the male flight attendant,’ Rivera told Local10.com
Rivera captured the moment Berry was taped to his seat, while fellow passengers looked on.
Berry’s head appears to be taped down along with the rest of his body as he screams ‘help!’
After the Frontier plane landed, the 22-year-old was charged with three counts of battery and taken to Miami-Dade County Jail – TGK Correctional Center, 6abc.com reported.
Frontier Airlines confirmed the incident and said the flight attendants involved will be relieved of flying until investigations into the incidents are complete.
‘During a flight from Philadelphia to Miami on July 31, a passenger made inappropriate physical contact with a flight attendant and subsequently physically assaulted another flight attendant,’ the airline said in a statement.
‘As a result, the passenger needed to be restrained until the flight landed in Miami and law enforcement arrived. The flight attendants will be, as required in such circumstances, relieved of flying pending completion of investigation of the events.’
A Miami-Dade County Police report says he brushed an empty cup up against the backside of a flight attendant who told Berry ‘don’t touch me’
Berry was seen scuffling with a Frontier flight attendant before he was duct taped to a chair while on a flight from Philadelphia to Miami on July 31
Passengers filmed Berry, 22, as he sat taped to a chair for the remainder of his flight to Florida
Berry later retweeted footage of the incident, writing: ‘This will forever be the most dehumanizing experience in my entire life.
‘Many people laughed and ridiculed me as I was mistreated by staff of a PROFESSIONAL airline.
‘Just to make matters worth this has gone “viral” on the internet and will never disappear. My life will never be’
He followed the message with a series of tweets, including the hashtag #JusticeForMaxwellBerry, about the incident.
‘Safe to say I’m never flying Frontier again’, read one tweet.
‘To be clear I DID NOT GROPE ANYBODY. This is just the stupid narrative that the media is pushing’, said another.
He later boasted he could buy the airline and asked followers, ‘Can somebody tell what the hell is funny about being duct taped to an airplane seat? I was treated like livestock’.
Violent incidences like these are becoming more frequent on airplanes and at airports as air travel picks up following the pandemic.
In June, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that airlines have reported more than 3,000 incidents involving unruly passengers since January 1, with about 76 percent of the nearly 3,300 reports involving passengers who refused to wear masks on board their flights.
It has collected $682,000 in penalties since the new regulations went into effect.
While the FAA agency did not track such reports in prior years, a spokesman said it was safe to assume this year’s numbers are the highest ever.
Since announcing a ‘zero-tolerance policy’ against unruly passengers in January, the FAA has publicized potential fines – some topping $30,000 – against more than 80 passengers. That is about three times the full-year average number of cases over the past decade, according to FAA figures.
Last week two women were seen brawling on a Spirit Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Atlanta.
The video, tweeted by Las Vegas Scoop on Friday, shows a woman in the aisle of the plane pointing at another woman in her seat, as people yell: ‘It’s not even worth it, it’s not even worth it.’
The woman in the seat then starts pointing back at the woman in the aisle, who starts slapping at her and points again, while the two argue.
At that point, the woman in the seat grabs the woman in the aisle and starts pushing her down and punching her, grabbing her by the hair to keep her down.
A man in the background could be heard yelling ‘It’s lit, it’s lit.’ They are seen brawling in the aisle, as a group of passengers surrounds them.
It remains unclear what led to the brawl or whether either of the women faced any repercussions for their actions.
DailyMail.com has reached out to Spirit Airlines for more information about the apparent assault.