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An American Airlines flight from Dallas to Chicago was sent back to its gate earlier today after a flight attendant lost it and started yelling on the intercom that the plane was going to crash.
According to Joe Tone of the Dallas Observer:
“We are not taking off,” she said, according to the passengers. “We’re having technical difficulties. We are heading back to the gate.”
Another flight attendant came on and assured the passengers: Yes, actually, we are taking off, so buckle up. But the flight attendant up front wouldn’t let up. She kept going on about technical difficulties and plane crashes, the passengers say.
“Captain,” she said. “I am not responsible for crashing this plane.”
Passengers started yelling, asking what was going on. Flight attendants hustled through the aisles, saying nothing. A passenger from Wisconsin, who I spoke with a few minutes ago, called 911 but was ultimately hung up on. But not long after, some guys in the back of the plane, in town for a Sam’s Club company meeting, walked to the front of the plane and helped restrain the flight attendant, who the passengers are hearing was “off her meds.”
The plane headed back to the gate, and the cops came soon after that.
“It was just unbelievable,” Bethany Christakos, a Dallas woman headed to Chicago for business, told Unfair Park from the plane, not long after it got back to the gate. “She was screaming bloody murder.”
After the flight attendant was removed to hopefully get the help she needs, the plane took off with a new crew and a liberal alcohol policy. If there’s one good way to deal with someone yelling that your flight is going to crash, it’s definitely alcohol.
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American Airlines Flight Sent Back to Gate After Flight Attendant Rants Over PA About Crashing [Dallas Observer]
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