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US Passenger, Who Was Duct-Taped For Violent Behavior On American Airlines Flight, Faces Record Fine

She continued her violent behaviour until she was sedated and removed from the plane.

According to reports, a 34-year-old American woman has been sued for failing to pay $81,950 in fines after allegedly assaulting a fellow passenger on an American Airlines flight in 2021.

Heather Wells is accused of kicking and spitting at passengers while boarding a flight from Texas to Charlotte on July 7, 2021. Heather Wells was gagged and strapped to her seat with duct tape after attempting to open the plane’s door in mid-air.

According to the New York Times, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) fined her $81,950, the largest fine ever levied by the agency for passenger violence.

The FAA is now suing her for failing to pay the fine.

The woman ordered an alcoholic drink and “became increasingly agitated and wanted to get off the plane,” according to the lawsuit.

The 34-year-old then tried to open the front door to the shed “screaming and yelling foul language”.

Heather Wells was restrained in her seat with duct tape and flex cuffs, but “continued to kick, spit, bite and attempt headbutt flight attendants and passengers,” the paper reported.

She continued her violent behavior until she was sedated and removed from the plane after it landed at Charlotte airport.

According to USA Today, the woman faces fines of up to $45,000 for assaulting and threatening the flight attendant and posing an “immediate threat to the safety of the aircraft, crew and passengers,” $27,950 for attempting to open the cabin door during the flight, and $9,000 for obstructing a flight attendant in the performance of her duties.