Chicago, IL – Last week we had a story about a family getting kicked off a JetBlue flight because of an unruly toddler, now we got an American Airlines flight attendant getting kicked off her plane because of a possible mental breakdown.
Passengers on flight 2332 got a bit of a FINAL DESTINATION moment Friday morning when one of the flight attendants could be heard over the intercom speaking in and out of Spanish, stating that if the plane took off it was going to crash.
“She made two comments, that if we didn’t go back to the gate we would crash,” said passenger Stephen Termunde. “It was almost like she was talking, and didn’t know the PA was on.”
Other flight attendants tried to get the intercom phone out of her hands and even enlisted the help of some first class passengers. One of those passengers said it took about five people to restrain her.
“I grabbed her arms, there were about four of us, I guess, five of us, including the flight attendants who actually sat her back down in my seat,” Kevin Ritch said. “She began talking rants, sporadically church, dying, crashes…”
Another passenger helping to keep the woman under control said she mentioned she was bipolar.
The plane aborted takeoff and returned to the gate where the woman was escorted off and taken to the hospital for evaluation. One of her colleagues was also taken to the hospital after getting injured during the melee.
“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,” American Airlines spokesman Ed Martelle said.
As for Kevin Ritch, Stephen Termunde, and the rest of the people on flight 2332, someone has a message for you.